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Published On: Mon, Mar 19th, 2018

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha logjam continues for 11th day

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Parliament-LIVE-kkLF--621x414@LiveMintNEW DELHI : The Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the 11th day on Monday as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) continued their noisy protests over various issues, including the banking scam and special status for Andhra Pradesh.
The Parliament witnessed yet another washout after a stormy start on Monday, over the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress Party’s no-confidence motion against the Modi government, following its exit from the alliance.

The motion was not taken up today as the House Speaker was unable to count support from MPs in favour of the move.Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been adjourned until tomorrow.
Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day without transacting any business after parties from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh disrupted proceedings over their state specific demands. The first two weeks of the last phase of the budget session have been a virtual washout. Last week, the House had passed the Finance Bill and the appropriation bills without any discussion amid similar.

Rajya Sabha  adjourned for the day without transacting any business after parties from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh disrupted proceedings over their state specific demands. Andhra parties led by the TDP, and KVP Ramachandra Rao of the Congress trooped in the Well shouting slogans for special status for the state while Tamil Nadu parties—DMK and AIADMK—raised the Cauvery water issue.
Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu repeatedly asked members to allow the House to function and called for taking up listed zero hour mentions of issues of public importance. But with members refusing to budge from their positions in the Well, he adjourned the House till tomorrow within 10 minutes of the commence of proceedings.

An upset Naidu said Parliament has become a laughing stock because of repeated adjournments due to protests from Well of the House. “This is not in the interest of the country, this is not in the interest of Parliament,” he said asking members to allow the House to function.
The notices for no-confidence motion against the government could not be taken up today in the Lok Sabha as noisy protests by members from various parties disrupted proceedings, leading to adjournment of the House.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she was duty-bound to take up the notices for no-confidence motion but could not as the House was not in order. “Since the House is not in order, I will not be able to bring it… I am sorry,” she said before adjourning the proceedings for the day. (With Agency Inputs).

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