Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

TDP MPs and Congress member KVP Ramachandra Rao held posters demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh to make up for the deficit arising from carving out of Telengana.

"Why is the Congress running away from a discussion?" he asked. While Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad supported discussing the matter, other members continued to storm the well, making him inaudible.

Soon after the House resumed, she was forced to adjourn the House as Opposition leaders continued to create a ruckus over the Rs 12,703-crore scam involving the Punjab National Bank and jeweller Nirav Modi as well as MPs' demand for a special package for Andhra Pradesh.

Mahajan said she did not think it would have have happened in one day and it was not just about a person or bank but about the system also.


TRS members, donning pink stoles with the photograph of their chief K Chandrashekhar Rao, demanded an increase in the quota for Muslims in Telengana.

AIADMK members were near the podium demanding a Cauvery Management Board.

Shiv Sena members wanted classical language status for Marathi but returned to their seats after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed party MP Anandrao Adsul to speak on the issue. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was present in the House, assured Mr. Adsul that the matter would be looked into.

Reacting to the disruptions, Chairman Naidu said, "I am not happy".


However, the amiable environment in the House was short- lived as slogan shouting members from the opposition Congress as well some from the AIADMK trooped into the Well.

Kumar and BJP's floor managers were foxed as the Congress made a U-turn and insisted on moving an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha over the banking scam instead of a short duration discussion it had agreed to have on the issue. P. J. Kurien adjourned the House till tomorrow. "With women constituting about 50 per cent of our population, Social, Economic and Political empowerment of women, including providing reservation in Parliament and State Legislatures, has to be accorded top priority for the Country to achieve rapid progress", Naidu said.

The House was adjourned till 2 pm barely within in minutes of re-assembling at 11.30 am.

The second part of the budget session of Parliament began on March 5 after a month-long recess and will conclude on April 6.


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