LS Speaker appeals to all parties to end logjam

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

Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan appealed to all the parties to end impasse in the lower house as her meeting with the floor leaders called this afternoon remained inconclusive. Ms Mahajan had called an all-party meet following a massive uproar by the Opposition as well as the government allies.

The opposition, it is learnt, is insisting on its demand for an adjournment motion so as to enable discussion on the multi thousand crore PNB fraud. The opposition is also insisting that the discussion be held under a rule which entails voting.

Since an adjournment motion disrupts the normal business of the house and is regarded as an extraordinary tool in parliament, governments are usually wary of accepting the demand.

With the first three days of the resumed Budget session seeing frequent adjournments, the government has made it clear that it is ready for a discussion on the issue of alleged financial irregularities in the banking sector and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will reply to the debate.

A discussion on ‘alleged systemic irregularities in the banking sector over the years and its impact on the Indian economy’ was listed for discussion in the day’s list of business.

However, the government’s problems are compounded with allies like TDP, AIADMK and Shiv Sena also joining the protest in the house.

TDP is demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh as promised at the time of state’s bifurcation in 2014. Members of another Andhra based political party YSRCP also took to the Well of the house.

The AIADMK is also agitating on the issue of Cauvery river dispute, demanding the formation of board for settling the dispute.