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


A letter to the Speaker signed by a number of leaders from different opposition parties said: "As per Parliamentary practices are concerned, without deciding/informing the date and time of Guillotine and passing of Finance Bill to all party leaders, it is quite unusual to include them in the list of business".

While the Congress and the Trinamool Congress raised the issue of Rs 12,700 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank, the TRS sought increased reservation quota and AIADMK wanted the government to set up Cauvery management board.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings till noon and then for the day, as TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS and Trinamool Congress members stormed the Well of the House.

The crucial Finance Bill for 2018-19 could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha today as unabated noisy protests took toll of the proceedings in both Houses of Parliament for the seventh consecutive day.

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.

In the Rajya Sabha, despite repeated appeals by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to allow the smooth functioning of the House, opposition members trooped into the well displaying placards.

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"It is the game-plan of the BJP to pass the Budget and demands for grants without discussion and it is being supported by its allies and some potential allies", CPM leader Mohammed Salim told reporters, when asked about the absence of a TMC representation in the memorandum. "Congress doesn't have democracy in their genes".

"We have included all important issues in list of business".

After both the houses were adjourned early on the day, Congress hit back at BJP.

"They (the government) are finding excuses to avoid discussing the Nirav Modi and PNB scandal", he said.

Most of the protesting members were heard shouting "we want justice". "Even the Prime Minister has remained silent", he said and added the government is defaming the opposition by blaming them for adjournments.