For a second straight day, a thinly attended Lok Sabha functioned while the Rajya Sabha remained paralysed.
In the Rajya Sabha, the government made a futile attempt to take up the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill. With Congress members parking themselves in the well chanting slogans, the House had to be adjourned twice in the morning. Congress members raised slogans like “Modi government is corrupt”, “We want justice”, and “Dictatorship will not be allowed”.
They only allowed the chairman to make an obituary reference over the twin train accidents in Madhya Pradesh. As Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu stood up to make a statement, Opposition members rose. “We have already read this… I want to know what action is being taken against the guilty officials. Why doesn’t the minister resign?” said the Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal.
In the afternoon, the government made an attempt to take up the corruption bill. In the absence of Minister of State Jitendra Singh, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy moved the bill, amid protests by some opposition members that permission of the chair hadn’t been taken.
With Congress members unrelenting, deputy chairman adjourned the House after remarking that “I am forced to adjourn the House because of the unruly behaviour of some of the members.”
In the Lok Sabha, two nominated Anglo-Indian members, Richard Hay and George Baker, took oath.
Amid a boycott in the Lok Sabha and a walkout, a battle played out between members of the TRS and the TDP. The TRS raised slogans demanding a Telangana high court immediately and stood in the aisle holding placards near the treasury benches. The government welcomed the Telangana government’s offer to provide land for an Andhra Pradesh high court in Hyderabad as a temporary measure till a final solution is found.
Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said that for a new high court, Andhra Pradesh will have to find a place within its territory, apart from providing for residential quarters for judges and staff. Once the state does that, he said, the Centre will immediately issue a notification about the new high court.