Stalemate in Parliament continues, both Houses adjourn amid protests

RSTV Bureau
Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha on March 22, 2018.

Noisy scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha on March 22, 2018.

Both Houses of Parliament again adjourned for the day amid noisy protests.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day following protests by the TDP, AIADMK and Congress MPs on various issues soon after the House passed the Payment of Gratuity Bill.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he has been adjourning the proceedings as he does not want the people to “see ugly scenes”, an apparent reference to slogan shouting and display of placards by members of different parties in the Well.

The House has been disrupted over various issues like banking scam, Cauvery water issue and demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh, ever since it met on March 5 to carry forward the Budget Session.

As the House met this morning, the listed papers were laid on the table and brief statements were made by TDP member C Ramesh and AIADMK MP V Maitreyen, after which the House passed the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill with voice vote.

However, the semblance of normality was short lived as slogan shouting members from the TDP and the AIADMK soon trooped into the Well. They were joined by some Congress members.

The Chairman tried to bring order in the House but failed. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel also requested the protesting members to return to their seats saying the government was willing to discuss all issues.

Amid the din, Naidu said he was being asked why he was adjourning the House.

“Ugly scenes are being seen by people. I don’t want these ugly scenes to be seen by people,” the Chairman said. As protesting members did not yield to the Chair’s request, Naidu adjourned the House for the day after just 17 minutes of proceedings.

Lok Sabha too was adjourned for the day amidst protests. As soon as the Lower House began, it witnessed protests and sloganeering. Within just five minutes, the House was adjourned until noon.

When the House resumed at noon, loud protests by AIADMK and TDP MPs continued even as MPs laid papers on the table.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar requested all the MPs to go back to their places and let the House function adding that the government was ready to talk about all issues, including the no-confidence motion notices.

As the protests continued Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the house for the day.

(With inputs from agencies)