Parl. adjourned over Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh

Lester Mason
March 13, 2018

Both Question Hour and Zero Hour were washed out as TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS and Trinamool Congress members trooped into the Well, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the proceedings for an hour.

With the Opposition parties refusing to return to their seats, the Speaker adjourned the House for almost one hour till 12 noon.

Tuesday panned out in an identical manner to previous days ever since Parliament reassembled on March 5, after a recess in the Budget Session. However, the members in the Well, including those from TDP and AIADMK, continued to raise slogans and displaying placards. After it reconvened, the House was adjourned for the day again. But opposition insisted on a discussion on banking fraud under rule 168/169 which require voting.

"Therefore, we, the Opposition party members, would like to express our strong protest and demand an immediate intervention from you to protect the rights of the Parliament members", the memorandum read.

"It seems Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi don't believe in democracy", he told reporters. They speak outside (the house) on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament. On the other hand, it is hell bent on passing the bill without a proper scrutiny.

"We have included all important issues in the list of business". But Naidu said a discussion can be allowed under rule 176, which was not acceptable to the protestors.

After both the houses were adjourned early on the day, Congress hit back at BJP.

MPs from other parties also protested inside the Parliament premises - the Trinamool Congress against Aadhaar, the YSR Congress Party for special status for Andhra Pradesh and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam for a Cauvery management board to be set up.

"They (the government) are finding excuses to avoid discussing the Nirav Modi and PNB scandal", he said.

Most of the protesting members were heard shouting "we want justice". He said rule 169 of Rules of Procedures of Conduct of Rajya Sabha requires 15 conditions to be met to have such a discussion and his notice meets all of them.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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