Logjam in Parlt continues

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

No-confidence motion not taken up; Parliament adjourned due to protests

New Delhi: The notices for no-confidence motion against the government could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha on Monday due to noisy protests by several parties, which washed out the proceedings in both Houses of the Parliament.
Monday was the 11th consecutive day that the proceedings were washed out and the second day that 

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan could not take up the notices for no- confidence motion.

While the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day within about ten minutes after it had assembled in the morning, the Lok Sabha was first adjourned till noon and then for the day after the listed papers were laid.

The Lower House was adjourned for the day amid noisy protests by members from various parties, with Mahajan saying "since the House is not in order, I will not be able to bring it... I am sorry" and then adjourning the proceedings.

Amid the din, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government was ready for discussion on any issue, including on the no-confidence motion.

The notices for the motion have been given by YSR Congress member Y V Subba Reddy and two members of the TDP -- Thota Narasimham and Jayadev Galla. Both parties have been demanding special package for Andhra Pradesh, an issue on which the TDP quit the ruling NDA alliance last week.

As soon as the House met for Zero Hour after the Question Hour was washed out, members from TRS and AIADMK trooped into the Well carrying placards. While the TRS was demanding a rise in quota, the AIADMK was pressing for immediate setting up of the Cauvery river management board.

Soon after papers were laid on the table amid unrelented slogan-shouting by members, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government was ready to discuss any issue.

Some members have given notices for no-confidence motion and the government is ready for discussion on that as well, Singh said and requested all parties to cooperate so that the discussion can be taken up.

The Speaker also repeatedly asked the more than 25 members from the AIADMK and TRS, who were protesting inside the Well, to return to their seats. As the uproar continued, Mahajan said she was duty-bound to take up the notices for no-confidence motion but could not do so as the House was not in order.

Earlier during Question Hour, members from the TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK protested over various issues, including the banking scam, leading to adjournment of the House till noon.

Since March 5, when Parliament had reassembled for the budget session after recess, both Houses have been witnessing disruptions every day. Last week, the Lok Sabha had passed the Finance Bill and the appropriation bills without any discussion amid similar protests. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day without transacting any business.

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