No let up in protests in Lok Sabha, proceedings stalled again


The Rajya Sabha too was adjourned till Tuesday due to uproar by the Opposition.

The second half of the Budget session of Parliament has been a complete washout since it resumed on March 5 after the customary break.

The AIADMK was more miffed as the government had, on Monday, filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, against the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board.

Question Hour and Zero Hour were washed out after members from the TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS, etc. trooped into the Well. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan applied guillotine to get the Finance Bill passed and approve outstanding grants of demand for various departments with voice vote.

Sonia will host a dinner for opposition parties to cobble together an anti-BJP alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Naidu then adjourned the House. However, the opposition persisted with its demand.

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Kharge and Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday levelled a direct charge of conspiracy on the government in not letting Parliament run.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit out at Congress for the parliament impasse. "It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion, ' he said. Congress doesn't have democracy in their genes". On the other hand, it is hell bent on passing the bill without a proper scrutiny. Stating that the Chair is willing to allow discussion effectively as per rules and traditions, Mr Naidu again appealed to them to put an end to the stalling of proceedings. Members, he said, were agitating and demanding discussion in the House on the recent financial fraud and had also given notice for an adjournment motion but Government had not initiated any move to discuss the issue.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley outside Parliament on Wednesday.

The breakdown in relations between the government and the opposition seems to have worsened compared with previous sessions of Parliament, partly because of happenings post the Tripura results, resulting in vandalism of statues in different parts of the country.