Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Lok Sabha Proceedings Disrupted For Fifth Consecutive Day

Lok Sabha Proceedings Disrupted For Fifth Consecutive Day

Earlier, she congratulated women members on the occasion of International Women Day. "This is sad", he said before adjourning the proceedings till the afternoon.

The opposition continued to force adjournments of both Houses of Parliament for the third day on Wednesday over the Rs 12,600-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and other issues, even as a meeting of leaders of various parties with the Lok Sabha Speaker failed to find a solution to the impasse. But soon after the hour-long discussion on women's issues, several member trooped into the Well carrying placards and raising slogans, forcing Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 2 p.m.

"It's a shame. It's mad, mad, mad. whoever does it. whether it is in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal or Tripura", Naidu said in the Rajya Sabha.

The disruption in the Lok Sabha did not present a good image of the House to the country and the world, she said, pointing out that people watched the proceedings in Parliament from India and overseas.

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All the protesting members, including from the Telugu Desam Party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kaghazam and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), trooped into the Well, raising anti-government slogans and displaying placards.

While the TDP was demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, the AIADMK sought immediate setting up of Cauvery River Management Board. While the AIADMK was demanding constitution of the Cauvery Board to settle water disputes with neighbouring states, few others were seen holding placards of Dravidian movement founder Thanthai Periyar.

After the House reassembled at 12 noon, the protests on various continued in the House. "Everyone wants to raise their issues and the chair will allow them, but everything can not happen there and then", she said. "We have given our submission to the minister but our demand has not been fulfilled till date", Adsul said.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said in the din that the government was ready to discuss "all issues, including the PNB fraud case as it started only in their (UPA government) time".

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