Opposition Protests In Parliament Stall Proceedings For 7th Consecutive Day

Lok Sabha protests

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.

Members from the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and some other opposition parties protested against the banking fraud committed by Nirav Modi and his associates, while the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress demonstrated for the special economic status for Andhra Pradesh.

While the Congress and the Trinamool Congress were raising the issue of Punjab National Bank scam, the TRS sought increased reservation quota and the AIADMK wanted the government to constitute the Cauvery management board.

As the bedlam continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for the day after the tabling of reports of various standing committees.

Last week, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha failed to transact any business.

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As soon as the House reassembled in the afternoon, some TDP and Congress members came near the Chair's podium holding placards. "The party has asked all BJP MPs to be present in the Lower House on March 13, 14 and 15 so that important legislation could be passed", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters here. Congress president Rahul Gandhi however did mention that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was not talking about the PNB scam, alleging involvement of his daughter, in what seems like a tit for tat to the Karti development. We have also issued a three-line whip to all our MPs.

"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.

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

"If they decide against it, we will have to pass the finance bill amid the uproar", a senior party leader said.

If the government is trying to reach out to the opposition parties in any manner, they are neither talking about it nor is any move visible.

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