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Protesting MPs again stall debate on no-trust motion

TRS parliamentarians hold placards at Parliament premises demanding to link MNREGS to farm labour.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

The Lok Sabha could not take up the two no-confidence motions against the NDA government yet again on Monday, and was adjourned by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for the day minutes after noon.

With the Rajya Sabha, too, being adjourned for the day by Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu minutes after it met at 11 a.m., Parliament could not transact any business for yet another day in the second half of the budget session.

Parliament has been adjourned amid protests for 11 days in a row, ever since it met on March 5 after the recess.

Ms. Mahajan said at noon that she had received notices for no-confidence from Thota Narasimham (TDP), Jaidev Galla (TDP) and Y.V. Subba Reddy (YSR Congress Party) but added that the House should be in order for these to be taken up. “Since the House is not in order, I will not be able to bring it... I am sorry,” she said before adjourning the proceedings for the day.

Just before the adjournment, Home Minister Rajnath Singh requested the cooperation of the members so that there could be a discussion on the no-confidence motion.

Adjournment motion

The Speaker also decided not to accept any adjournment motion. Interestingly, the Congress’s Rajeev Satav had moved an adjournment motion for a discussion on special category status for Andhra Pradesh, an issue on which the TDP has broken with the NDA. Earlier, when the House met at 11 a.m., members of the TDP, the YSRCP, the AIADMK and the TRS protested in the Well. Congress and TMC members stood at seats and protested. The Speaker then adjourned the House till noon.

When the House re-assembled, members of the AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) protested with placards in the Well, demanding the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board and an increase in reservation, respectively.

MPs from the Congress, the CPI(M), the Samajwadi Party and the TMC then stood up at their seats to protest the Speaker’s decision not to take up the no-confidence motions.

With the TDP also boycotting a lunch given by the Speaker, no end to the impasse in Parliament seemed to be in sight.

In the Rajya Sabha, Andhra Pradesh parties, led by the TDP and K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao of the Congress, trooped into the Well, shouting slogans in support of special status for the State, while DMK and AIADMK members raised the Cauvery water issue.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu repeatedly asked the members to allow the House to function and called for taking up listed zero hour mentions of issues of public importance.

But with protests continuing, he adjourned the House for the day within 10 minutes of the commencement of proceedings.

The Congress and TMC members stood at their seats and protested. The Speaker then adjourned the House till noon.

When the House re-assembled, members from the AIADMK and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) protested with placards in the Well of the House, demanding the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board and increase in reservation, respectively.

MPs from the Congress, CPI(M), Samajwadi Party and TMC then stood up at their seats to protest the Speaker’s decision not to take up the no-confidence motions.

In the Rajya Sabha, Andhra parties led by the TDP and K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao of the Congress, trooped into the Well shouting slogans for special status for the State while Tamil Nadu’s DMK and AIADMK raised the Cauvery water issue. Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu repeatedly asked members to allow the House to function and called for taking up listed zero hour mentions of issues of public importance.

But with protests continuing, he adjourned the House for the day within 10 minutes of the commencement of proceedings.

(With PTI inputs)


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