Day 6 Budget session: Lok Sabha business washed out


Day 6 Budget session: Lok Sabha business washed out

Lok Sabha protests

Lok Sabha protests

As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from various parties, including the Congress, AIADMK, TDP and TRS trooped into the Well raising slogans and holding placards.

In a bid to break the logjam in Parliament, an aggressive government on Tuesday pushed for the passage of the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha prompting the Opposition to accuse it of bulldozing the financial business in the House.

The CPM on Tuesday hit out at the Trinamool Congress (TMC), calling it a "potential ally of the BJP", for not signing an Opposition memorandum that accused the government of trying to pass the Budget and demand for grants without discussions in the Lok Sabha.

There was no let up in protests as the House met again at noon but the Speaker went ahead with the proceedings, including introduction of two bills by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, amid the din.

Members from TDP, which quit the central government last week but remains part of the ruling NDA, were demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

"The government is organising disruption by making BJP allies rake up issues", said Congress floor leaders Mallikarjun K h a r g e a n d Jyotiraditya Scindia. Post that, The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned for the day amidst these ruckuses on minutes after it reassembled at 2 PM without transacting any business.

Naidu also disapproved of catcalls made by members of treasury benches when he called out the name of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for laying of some papers. "Even the Prime Minister has remained silent", he said and added the government is defaming the opposition by blaming them for adjournments.

MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy raised the issue of the alleged PNB scam by diamond czar Nirav Modi and asked Naidu to allow a discussion to be held in the house. Naidu said "people are being impatient and (protests) show Parliament in poor light". However, the members in the Well, including those from TDP and AIADMK, continued to raise slogans and displaying placards.