Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned for seventh consecutive day, Finance Bill not taken up

The Rajya Sabha too witnessed acrimonious scenes as opposition parties insisted on a discussion on the PNB fraud under a rule that entailed voting.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2018 3:04 pm
Lok Sabha adjourns amid protests over PNB scam Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned on Tuesday as protests by opposition parties continued for the seventh consecutive day. (File Photo)

Protests by opposition parties for the seventh consecutive day resulted in the adjournment of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for the day on Tuesday. The washout meant the crucial Finance Bill 2018-19 could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha in the evening as scheduled. The government’s plan to push the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill and the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill also went awry.

The Rajya Sabha witnessed acrimonious scenes as opposition parties insisted on a discussion on the PNB fraud under a rule that entailed voting. Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said discussions on the bank fraud have been permitted under rule 176 that provides for a member to give notice of a short duration discussion for raising a matter of urgent public importance. Opposition parties, however, wanted a discussion on the issue under rule 168/169 that requires voting on a resolution.

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Naidu said the Chair was willing to allow discussion and made an appeal to the opposition parties to let the House function. “Let us put an end to this… it is my earnest appeal…. Let the House function effectively. Let us raise the level of debate,” Naidu said. Apart from the Nirav Modi case, the AIADMK demanded discussion on setting up of a Cauvery Water Management Board, while YRS Congress members protested over special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

The same script played out in the Lok Sabha as well. Both Question Hour and Zero Hour were washed out as TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS and Trinamool Congress members trooped into the Well, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the proceedings for an hour. When the House resumed at noon, the situation was no better and the lower house was adjourned for the day. Most of the protesting members were heard shouting “we want justice”.

Members from TDP, which pulled out two ministers from the NDA last week, demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh and were seen holding placards that read “Follow alliance dharma”. The Congress and TMC cornered the government over the PNB fraud case and one of the members held a placard reading, “Chotta Modi kahan gaya”, in a reference to diamantaire Nirav Modi.

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  1. A
    Mar 13, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    with 35-40 of our MPs are from criminal back grounds. Therefore one can not expect to see both houses Parliament run smoothly.It has become normal to see there is always noice/Hangama since Modi Govt came power and Congress Lost its power everywhere.To run house smoothly it is advised Modi Govt stop telecasting proceedings of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha till MPs behave in orderly manner.Time has come for Public to think whether we need Democracy where there no respect for Rule of Law, No Disciple seen from School, Colleges to Govt Offices.
    1. Mehar Bhai
      Mar 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm
      ZERO CORRUPTION SIN :END LOOT BY CORRUPT/CRIMINAL LAW MAKERS,CONS UTIONAL FUNCTIONARIES:DO PRIVATE PARTY WORK WITH GOVT RY. Father of the Nation-Mahatma Gandhi ji :"MAKE ALL VILLAGES GOKUL GRAMS-MODEL-IDEAL ADARSH VILLAGES.."GOD LIVES IN VILLAGES. REAL NATIONS LIVE IN VILLAGES.Nations poor as villages are poor.NATIONS WILL BE RICH ONLY WHEN VILLAGES WILL BE RICH.No one serious for rural development and farmers welfare. #PresidentKovind #SaveOurFarmers narendramodi arunjaitley SumitraTai MVenkaiahNaidu rashtrapatibhvn RadhamohanBJP All forgot'PM ADARSH GRAMS YOJANA'Poor Farmers dying due to:anti-govt policies,suicides,agriculture taxed in Fin.Bill,poverty.hunger, pesticides,debt,evils sins. WHO - IARC RECENT DISCOVERY : "CANCER DUE TO USE OF PESTICIDES IN AGRICULTURE.."Focus for SUSTAINABLE YOGIC AGRICULTURE yogickheti as panacea to all problems for rapid greater transformation to angelic SATYUGI living. All God's Angels.PARADISE.. yogickheti
      1. Narendra M. Apte
        Mar 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm
        1. Disruptions can never be justified. But still we find that Members of Parliament (MPs) disrupt proceedings of both Houses very frequently. 2. Disruptions result in waste of money, time and resources of our country. 3. I believe time has come for right-thinking and concerned citizens to come together and write to all MPs an open letter demanding a change in rules of conducting business of both houses of Parliament. Citizens should demand that an MP resorting to disruption of business of Parliament for any reason whatsoever should first be reprimanded for first act of disruption. For every subsequent act of disruption MP would be awarded a ‘punishment’ in the form of his/her suspension from Parliament. New Rules of conducting business of Parliament would empower presiding officers of both houses of Parliament to suspend any MP /MPs for causing disruption of Parliament’s business. Period of suspension can be decided by the presiding officers of both houses of Parliament.
        1. Rajani Kant
          Mar 13, 2018 at 5:33 pm
          The responsibility of functioning of parliament rests with the ruling party. So, when the opposition, in a way, demands discussion under some ruling then there should be no lagging from the ruling side. And, if the ruling side is obstinate in not considering the opposition point of view and permits adjournment of parliament then both the ruling as well as the opposition are equally responsible for non-functioning of the parliament.