Lok Sabha deadlock continues, Finance Bill not taken up

Lok Sabha protests

Lok Sabha protests

Tuesday panned out in an identical manner to previous days ever since Parliament reassembled on March 5, after a recess in the Budget Session.

The AIADMK was more miffed as the government had, on Monday, filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, against the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board.

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the crucial Finance Bill 2018, amid noisy protests by members of the opposition and some NDA constituents in the House.

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. The Opposition has an upper hand in the Rajya Sabha.


Earlier, the House was adjourned within minutes after it met for the day.

The opposition has been demanding a discussion under adjournment motion on the Rs 12,600 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and other frauds in various public sector banks. However, the opposition persisted with its demand.

"Therefore, we the opposition party members would like to express our strong protest and demand immediate intervention from you to protect the rights of the Parliament Members", it said. "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.

The ruling party also indicated that it will press ahead with the Union Budget-related processes even amid protests. The Congress is anti-democratic. The government, he said, was ready to discuss any issue, but since the proceedings remained disrupted. Stating that the Chair is willing to allow discussion effectively as per rules and traditions, Mr Naidu again appealed to them to put an end to the stalling of proceedings. 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.

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