Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Parliament disruption continues for the seventh consecutive day

Parliament disruption continues for the seventh consecutive day

The unabated protests had forced the adjournment of the House about 15 minutes after it had assembled till 2 PM. Right from start of House proceedings at 11 am, it was a chaotic sight in the Lok Sabha with protests by the Opposition MPs from the Congress, AIADMK, TRS, YSR Cong-ress, Trinamul Congress, the Left and also the TDP, as the protesting MPs positioned themselves in the well of the House with placards amid vociferous sloganeering.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Kumar said the government has been in talks with different parties to end the stalemate.

Soon after the Speaker took up the Question Hour discussions, members from various parties, including the TRS, trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans "we want justice".

Parliament proceedings have been washed out for more than a week now and the Opposition parties say the government has not reached out to them or made any effort to meet their demands to allow the House to run smoothly.

When the House reassembled at noon, the protests continued and no legislative business could be taken up.

The BJP hit out at Congress leadership for the pandemonium, saying they don't have democracy in their genes while the opposition party accused the Narendra Modi government of killing democracy by orchestrating protests to avoid discussion on Nirav Modi and Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud.

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The letter added: "This shows the government's arrogance and unilateral move to bulldoze (through) all the financial business without discussing them".

"If this is the way MPs are behaving, I will adjourn the House".

TDP members were holding placards which read "Follow alliance dharma". "This is misbehaviour. I don't agree with this", he said before adjourning the proceedings for the day.

The BJP today 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.

While Opposition members have been protesting against the banking scam, BJP ally Telugu Desam Party and the AIADMK have been agitating on state-specific issues, plunging Parliament into chaos. Congress is not letting Parliament function. "It is our duty to let it work, and the government has been doing everything to ensure that happens", he said. In fact, the revised list of business has listed the Appropriation Bill and the Finance Bill for consideration and passing. "The government is hell-bent on passing the entire Bill without proper scrutiny", the Opposition MPs told the Speaker, asking for her intervention.

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