Discussion on Budget resumes in RS after early adjournments

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

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

The Parliament continued to witness protest by MPs from Andhra Pradesh leading to adjournments in both the houses. While Lok Sabha has been adjourned to meet again past recess on March 5, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2:30 PM, post which it resumed discussion on Budget.

Earlier, the Upper House saw two adjournments as MPs representing Andhra Pradesh persisted with the protest demanding the speedy implementation of special financial aide package for the state.

Incidentally, TDP – which is leading the protest in both the houses – is the ally of the ruling BJP at the Centre.

The government has already assured help with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley telling Lok Sabha while replying to the discussion on Budget that the Centre is looking at all issues concerning the state sympathetically and some decision on a special package and revenue deficit will be worked out in the next couple of days.

The Upper House on Thursday sat four hours beyond its stipulated time to debate the budget.

The debate in the upper house was initiated by Congress leader P Chidambaram who posed 12 questions to the government on the budget ranging from rising fiscal deficit, implementation of GST, and unemployment.

The BJP’s Bhupendra Yadav rebutted Congress’s charge saying NDA has plugged leakages in the system.

During the discussion, total of 14 members including that from Samajwadi Party, CPI(M), BSP Trinamool Congress took part in the debate on Thursday.

Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley will be replying to the debate this evening.

(With inputs from PTI)