Parliament stalemate continues, government, opposition trade charges

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

In Lok Sabha, the members from the Congress, the Trinamool and some other opposition parties protested against the banking fraud committed by Nirav Modi and his associates, while the TDP and the YSR Congress demonstrated for special status to Andhra Pradesh. Amid continuing protests, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till 12 pm at first, and then later for a day.

The Congress expressed shock over the government running away not only from discussion on its scams but trying to shut the discussion on the demands of six ministries, including railways, agriculture and social justice, that were cleared the business advisory committee by giving notice of the guillotine.

Briefing reporters on the meeting, Ananth Kumar said the government has been talking to different parties to break the deadlock in Parliament.

Not showing any signs of softening their stance, TRS MPs continued to protest inside and outside the Lok Sabha for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday demanding States to be given the power to decide on reservation quota for various sections of the society depending on local demographic needs.

As soon as the House reassembled in the afternoon, some TDP and Congress members came near the Chair's podium holding placards. The presiding officers have been adjourning the Houses in the face of members rushing into the well and chanting slogans. "Chota Modi kahan gaya", read one of the placards. When it re-assembled at 2 pm, the protesting MPs, including those from the NDA partner TDP, trooped into the Well raising slogans and displaying placards. "This is misbehaviour. I don't agree with this", he said before adjourning the proceedings for the day. While The BJP blamed the Congress for the impasse in Parliament and dubbed it "anti-democratic", claiming that the party continues to have contempt for democracy as it had during the Emergency.

"NEW DELHI: The ruling BJP and the Congress were on Tuesday engaged in a blame game over Parliament" s blockade since its second part of budget session began on March 5. This shows the government's arrogance and unilateral move to bulldose all the financial business without discussing them on the floor of the House... The Congress is not letting Parliament function. "It is our duty to let it work and the government has been doing everything to ensure it happens", the Minister said.

Passing the Finance Bill (the budget) is a constitutional obligation. "The government is hell-bent on passing the entire Bill without proper scrutiny", the Opposition MPs told the Speaker, asking for her intervention.