Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Lok Sabha impasse continues, no 'sign' of govt outreach to opposition

Lok Sabha impasse continues, no 'sign' of govt outreach to opposition

Amid the bedlam, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for the day.

Party strategists are understood to be waiting for the outcome of a meeting of senior opposition leaders called Tuesday by Congress' Sonia Gandhi before making their stand clear. The Opposition has an upper hand in the Rajya Sabha.

The lower house has not transacted any major business, except introduction of two bills on Monday and routine laying of papers since the post-break part of the Budget Session that started on March 5. Naidu then adjourned the House.

If the government is trying to reach out to the opposition parties in any manner, they are neither talking about it nor is any move visible.

Responding to Opposition's charge, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the government made all possible efforts to run the House for the past one-and-a-half week. He, however, indicated that the government is rushing with the passage of the Union Budget in the next two days even if the pandemonium persists. "Congress doesn't have democracy in their genes". They speak outside (the house) on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament.

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Seven of the victims were from Chennai , while the others were from Erode district, he said in a statement. The chief minister has ordered a probe and legal action against those who had arranged the expedition.

He asked other parties to discuss the pending bills constructively. We have also issued a three-line whip to all our MPs. It was the seventh day in a row when both the Houses of Parliament were subjected to repeated adjournments. Applying the guillotine process, the Bill was passed without any discussion as the opposition continued to disrupt the proceedings for the eighth day.

Mr Ananth Kumar has said that the government was ready for debate on all issues, including the banking scams, provided the members allowed the House function smoothly.

This, the opposition alleged, showed the "arrogance" of the government.

For the unversed, a Finance Bill is presented in Parliament along with the Annual Financial Statement in lieu of fulfilling the requirement of Article 110 (1)(a) of the Constitution, detailing the imposition, abolition, remission, adjustment or regulation of taxes proposed in the Union Budget.

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