Protests force adjournment in Lok Sabha for 4th day in a row

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourns the House as MPs gather near the well of Parliament, March 6, 2018. PTI

New Delhi: A view of protest in Lok Sabha. PTI

Noisy protest led to the adjournment of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha for the day on Thursday, fourth in the row since the beginning of the second leg of the Budget session this week.

Protest errupted in Rajya Sabha soon after Chairman and members spoke on the ocassion of International Women’s Day. The house saw two adjournments before it was adjourned for the day till Friday.

In Lok Sabha, members from various parties, including NDA ally TDP and AIADMK, besides the Opposition parties continued their protests on various issues for the fourth consecutive day. The pandemonium began soon after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan extended greetings for International Women’s Day.

Members from the TDP, AIADMK, TRS and TMC trooped into the Well, with many holding placards and raising slogans.

While the TDP was demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, the AIADMK sought immediate setting up of Cauvery River Management Board. Members from the TRS were demanding an increase in quota.

“We are ready to discuss irregularities in the banking (sector),” the minister said but the protest refused to die down.

New Delhi: TDP members protest in the well of the Rajya Sabha, Feb 9, 2018. PTI/RSTV

FILE: New Delhi: TDP members protest in the well of the Rajya Sabha. PTI/RSTV

The house was first adjourned till 12 noon, but as the protest marred proceedings post its resumption, the Speaker adjourned the house for the day.

Discussions were scheduled today on alleged systemic irregularities in banking sector over the years and its impact on Indian economy under Rule 193, which doesn’t entail voting.

TDP leader and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju was not present in the House even though it was the question day of the ministry. However, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha was present.

Disappointed over the Centre not granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, the TDP had late last night announced that the party’s two ministers — Raju and Y S Chowdary – would resign from the central government.

The protesting members were wearing stoles of their party colours. While TDP members were sporting yellow stoles, those from TRS had donned pink scarves. AIADMK members were wearing stoles in hues of white, black and red.

(With inputs from PTI)