BJP ally and Union minister Anupriya Patel of the Apna Dal lent her voice to the Opposition demand for proportional reservation for OBCs, as well as B Mahtab’s doubts regarding administration of economic criteria.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House after the legislators were joined by TDP MPs seeking special assistance for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital and Congress lawmakers raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal.
While the Opposition stuck to its demand that the Bill be referred to a select committee, the government, sources said, made an attempt to secure Congress support but did not eventually accept its proposal to break the deadlock.
Deputy chairman P J Kurien noted the amendment had been accepted by chairman Venkaiah Naidu, once a motion for an amendment has been moved it becomes “a property of the House” and he cannot either withdraw the motion or amend it.
The winter session of Parliament has been one of the “least productive” sessions for both Houses in the past 15 years with the issue of demonetisation leading to repeated disruptions, a research body has claimed. According to data provided by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry at the end of the session Friday, the productivity of work […]