Disruption derails parliament business for the second week

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of Parliament Housing Building in New Delhi.

File Photo of Parliament Housing Building in New Delhi.

The proceedings in both the houses of Parliament were washed out for the second consecutive week as protests by opposition parties, and NDA ally AIADMK continued. The disruptions in Lok Sabha also led to the failure of the Lok Sabha to take up notices for no-confidence motion against the NDA government moved by TDP and YSRCP.

While the Lok Sabha proceedings were first adjourned till noon and then for the day, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned straight till 2.30 PM and later for the day till next week.

In the morning, right after the formal business in the Upper House, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressed anguish over the proceedings being paralysed ever since Parliament resumed its budget session on March 5 after a recess.

Both the houses have been incessant protests and sloganeering by various parties, including TDP, YSR Congress, AIADMK and RJD over multiple issues, including special status for Andhra Pradesh and PNB fraud. Congress members were also seen standing at their seats.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal made a statement regarding the government business to be taken up in the House next week. The House also extended the time for the Joint Committee on the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 to submit its report.

However, unabated disruptions forced the Speaker to adjourn the house till Monday.

Earlier, three newly elected MPs — RJD’s Sarfaraz Alam (Araria-Bihar) and SP members Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel (Phulpur-UP) and Praveen Kumar Nishad (Gorakhpur-UP) – took oath.

The House also paid respect to three departed former members and noted cosmologist Stephen Hawking, who passed away this week. Tributes were also paid to nine CRPF personnel, who were killed in a IED blast in Chhattisgarh, on March 13.

In the Rajya Sabha, proceedings were adjourned soon after it met, following a brief exchange between the Chairman, who expressed anger over the repeated disruptions, and some Congress members.

Soon after Chairman made the appeal asking members to resume business from next week, Congress member Satyabrat Chaturvedi stood up and said he agreed with the Chair, but sought to know whether it was for the first time that he is witnessing such a scenario in Parliament.

To this, Chairman Naidu asked if somebody committed a mistake in the past, does it mean that he should also do the same. “Do you want this sort of a thing to continue?,” he said.

As some other Congress members were on their feet trying to join the issue simultaneously, Naidu adjourned the House till 2.30 PM.

When the House reassembled, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked TDP MP and former minister YS Chowdary to complete his speech which he was making yesterday when the House was adjourned.

As soon as he ended his speech, protests by some opposition members led the Deputy Chairman to adjourn the House for the day.

(With inputs from PTI)