Parliament: Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha proceedings stalled again, protests continue

Go to people Chandrababu Naidu tells leaders

Go to people Chandrababu Naidu tells leaders

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Tuesday, minutes after it reassembled at 2 pm, without transacting any business amid ruckus by opposition TDP and AIADMK members over various issues.

When the House met again at noon, the protests continued but the Speaker went ahead with the proceedings, including introduction of the two bills by Shukla.

Speaker Mahajan tried to take up the Question Hour, but in the din, the House was soon adjourned. Meanwhile, TDP MPs staged a protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue on Parliament premises holding placards demanding justice to the State. Earlier the House was adjourned till 2 pm as unabated protests continued on issues such as the Punjab National Bank fraud, with the Trinamool Congress and other parties insisting that a discussion on the bank scam be held under a rule that entails voting.

Hitting out at BJP for changing its stand and doing injustice to Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said, "It is unfortunate that central minister says special category status can not be given on basis of sentiment". After the bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh was left with no capital city.

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When senior Congress member Viplove Thakur who had demanded the inclusion of a woman in the presiding officer's panel yesterday, rose to thank him, Naidu, in a lighter vein, said he wanted to nominate Thakur, but she would have lost her voice in the panel. Earlier while papers were being laid, Naidu said ministers can lay papers on behalf of other ministers but they should seek prior permission from the chair.

"The government is agreeable to that and the Chair has also permitted", he said, adding "I don't find any reason for agitation".

Mr Naidu also repeated his request to members not to display placards inside the House.

Ahluwalia was to make a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations of the 35th report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on rural development. Joining them, Aam Aadmi Party members shouted slogans seeking an end to the sealing drive in Delhi, whereas the Congress and the TMC raised the bank fraud issue.

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