Parliament disruption continues for the seventh consecutive day

Parliament disruption continues for the seventh consecutive day

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). 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.

Briefing reporters on the meeting, Ananth Kumar said the government has been talking to different parties to break the deadlock in Parliament.

As soon as Lok Sabha 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.

This is the seventh consecutive day of disruptions in both the Houses.

When the House reassembled at noon, the protests continued and no legislative business could be taken up. The opposition parties however said there was no attempt by the government so far to try and run the House, as the Opposition is keen to raise the Nirav Modi-bank scam issue and question the government on it. Kumar claimed that Congress was running away from a debate on the PNB scam as it "feared" that many skeletons in its cupboard will tumble out if a debate occurred. Members from the TDP, which quit the central government last week but remains part of the ruling NDA, were demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. "Chota Modi kahan gaya", read one of the placards. "This is misbehaviour. I don't agree with this", he said before adjourning the proceedings for the day.

Countering the Congress charge that the BJP was blocking debate on scams by making its allies create daily pandemonium, Parliament Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar blamed the Congress for the impasse, saying its contempt for democracy as displayed during Emergency is for all to see.

"It continues to have a similar repressive mindset toward democracy".

The Opposition parties were protesting on a rash of issues.

"It is the government's responsibility to make sure that Parliament functions smoothly".

"As per parliamentary practices, without deciding/informing all party leaders, to include the date and time of Guillotine and passing of Finance Bill in the List of Business is quite unusual". This shows the government's arrogance and unilateral move to bulldose all the financial business without discussing them on the floor of the House...

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