Protest forces adjournment of both houses for whole day

RSTV Bureau

Lok Sabha Rajya Sabha protest

The proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were stalled for the sixth day in a row on Monday as Opposition parties and NDA allies TDP and AIADMK continued protest over various issues including the PNB fraud, special status to Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery water dispute.

The Aam Aadmi Party too joined the protests in Rajya Sabha, demanding an end to the sealing drive in Delhi.

Not much business has been carried out since the second leg of the Budget Session of Parliament began on March 5, with the noisy protests stalling proceedings every day, barring for one hour on March 8 when members participated in a discussion to mark the International Women’s Day in the upper house.

In Rajya Sabha, the continued disruption has drawn anguish of Chairman Venkaiah Naidu at various ocassion. He had raised the issue even at the National Legislators Conference on Sunday underlining that continued protest and disruptions in the house is eroding the legitimacy of the politicians.

“When there is no order, how can there be a point of order? This is too much,” Naidu said asking members to go back to their seats.

“I don’t find any reason to come to the Well of House,” the Chairman said adding that he is allowing discussion on all subjects. As protest continued he adjourned the house till 2:00 PM.

However, disruptions resumed as the house reassembled in the afternoon, forcing Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien to adjourn the house till Tuesday morning.

Earlier, Chairman Naidu told the house that ministers can lay papers on behalf of other ministers but they should seek prior permission from the chair.

“Proper advance notice should be given,” he said when Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel rose to make a statement on behalf of Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation SS Ahluwalia.

“Statement has to be made by the minister concerned,” the Chairman remarked.

Ahluwalia was to make a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations of the 35th report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on rural development.

(With inputs from PTI)