Our Correspondent / New Delhi
Both the Houses of Parliament have been adjourned, the Lok Sabha for the day and the Rajya Sabha up to 2 PM on Tuesday following continued protests by opposition parties on various issues.
Members from the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and some other opposition parties protested against the banking fraud committed by Nirav Modi and his associates, while the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the YSR Congress demonstrated for the special economic status for Andhra Pradesh.
The AIADMK meanwhile, has demanded a board for the management of the Cauvery river water.
When the Lok Sabha re-assembled at Noon after its first adjournment, Congress-led opposition again trooped into the well, raising slogans. This forced Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House for the day.
Earlier, the House was adjourned within minutes after it met for the day. Members from Telugu Desam Party, an ally of NDA and Y S R Congress party also trooped into the well demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh.
In the Rajya Sabha, despite repeated appeals by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to allow the smooth functioning of the House, opposition members trooped into the well displaying placards.
Mr Naidu said the disturbances in the House shows Parliament in a poor light. Stating that the Chair is willing to allow discussion effectively as per rules and traditions, Mr Naidu again appealed to them to put an end to the stalling of proceedings.
Soon after this, AIADMK members surged into the well of the House forcing its adjournment till 2 PM. It was the seventh day in a row when both the Houses of Parliament were subjected to repeated adjournments.
Meanwhile opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, today alleged that the Government was “bulldozing’ the agenda without any discussion in Parliament which has witnessed the post-recess Budget session getting washed out for the past one week.
Addressing a news conference here, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Lok Sabha member Mohammad Salim said the opposition parties had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, lodging their protest and seeking her intervention to allow the House function in a normal manner.
The CPI(M) leader asserted that Government was not coming forward to resolve the stalemate and allow Parliament to function smoothly. Members, he said, were agitating and demanding discussion in the House on the recent financial fraud and had also given notice for an adjournment motion but Government had not initiated any move to discuss the issue.
Mr Salim said the National Democratic Alliance government and its ‘estranged and potential’ allies had created such a situation that discussions and debate were not taking place in Parliament on crucial issues, including price rise, farmers’ distress, economic situation and allocations for the key ministries. ‘It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion,’ he said.