Lok Sabha deadlock continues, Finance Bill not taken up

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourns the House as MPs gather near the well of Parliament over various issues in New Delhi on March 7

Lok Sabha deadlock continues as TRS seeks justice

The house was scheduled to take up the key Finance Bill 2018 and Appropriations bills for FY 2017-18 and 2018-19.

The Lok Sabha has failed to transact substantial business on account of frequent disruptions since March 5 when the second leg of the Budget Session of Parliament commenced.

The Rajya Sabha too saw several diruptions with the House being adjourned nearly immediately after the day began.

Members from TDP, which pulled out two ministers from the NDA last week, demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh and were seen holding placards that read "Follow alliance dharma".

Some members from the Left parties, while standing at their seats, were holding some photographs. But the issue they wanted to raise could not be ascertained in the melee. When the House reassembled at 12 noon, the scene was no different, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day. This led to the adjournment of the House for the day.

Apart from the Nirav Modi case, the AIADMK demanded discussion on setting up of a Cauvery Water Management Board, while YRS Congress members protested over special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

Aam Aadmi Party also gave notice in Rajya Sabha over a short discussion on sealing in Delhi.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu has rejected the opposition's demand for a discussion under rules which allow suspension of all listed business or entail voting (Rules 267 and 168).

He said "the government is agreeable to that and the Chair has also permitted", he said, adding "I don't find any reason for agitation".

"The government is not even coming forward to settle the issue (the Opposition's discontent) for a smooth functioning of the House. Let us raise the level of debate", Naidu said. They will remain intact as per the Central government rules. "If my motion is not accepted, principle of natural justice will be denied", Roy said. When it re-assembled at 2 pm, the protesting MPs, including those from the NDA partner TDP, trooped into the Well raising slogans and displaying placards.

Mahajan tried to take up the Question Hour - but in vain because of the din.

An anguished Kurien said "This is not fair".

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