Protests force Lok Sabha adjournment, no-confidence motions not taken up; Rajya Sabha also adjourned

For the 11th consecutive day, parliamentary proceedings were stalled and disrupted, both in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, on Monday. Both Houses were forced to be adjourned for the day within minutes of being in session.

The Lower House was adjourned due to the ruckus created over the no-confidence motion notices against the central government by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

TDP, YSRCP MPs troop into Lok Sabha's Well

Loud protests and sloganeering marked Monday's Lok Sabha session which was adjourned once before Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced the House would resume session on Tuesday.

TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK continued their noisy protests over various issues, including the banking scam and special status for Andhra Pradesh.

As soon as Speaker Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from these parties trooped into the Well holding placards and raising slogans of "We want justice". Meanwhile, MPs from the TMC and Congress were seen standing at their seats.

File image of the Lok Sabha. PTI

File image of the Lok Sabha. PTI

As the protests continued, the House was first adjourned till noon within two minutes of being in session.

Before the House reconvened, TRS MPs demonstrated outside the Parliament carrying placards which read "One nation, one law" demanding an increase in the reservation quota in Telangana.

Even as the Lower House resumed its proceedings at 12 pm, sloganeering dominated the scene as TDP, AIADMK MPs could be heard shouting, "We want justice". However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan began with day's business, asking ministers to lay their papers on the table.

As the din continued to grow louder, Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the House and said the Centre was ready to discuss the no-confidence motion and all other issues. "We want a discussion on the issue of no-confidence motion and we appeal to everyone that there should be discussion. We are ready to discuss any issue with any member," he said.

Following this, Mahajan said she received the no-confidence motion notices and that she was duty-bound to introduce the matter. She, however, said that she could do so only if the House was in order and asked all the protesting MPs to return to their designated seats so that a count could be taken to establish a quorum of 50 members to put the motion to a vote.

As she said this, sloganeering grew louder forcing Mahajan to adjourn the Lok Sabha till Tuesday.

Since 5 March, when Parliament had reassembled for the Budget Session after recess, the Lok Sabha has seen disruptions on a daily basis.

Amid noisy protests, the House had passed the Finance Bill and the appropriation bills last week without any discussion.

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day without transacting any business

Rajya Sabha was on Monday adjourned for the day without transacting any business after parties from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh disrupted proceedings over their state specific demands.

Andhra Pradesh 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 the 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 Tuesday within 10 minutes of the commence of proceedings.

Earlier, no sooner were listed papers laid on the table of the House, placard-carrying members of Andhra and Tamil parties trooped into the well of the House and started shouting slogans.

An upset Naidu said the 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.

As the protesting parties displayed placards in support of their demands, he said he is willing to allow discussion on all the issues being raised.

The government, he said, too is willing to discuss and "so where is the problem?"

"How long will this continue?" Naidu demanded, "People have already starting criticising (Parliament functioning)," he said before adjourning the proceedings till Tuesday.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Mar 19, 2018 13:01 PM

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