Logjam continue in Parliament for 7th consecutive day

Day 6 Budget session Lok Sabha business washed out

Logjam continue in Parliament for 7th consecutive day

Major Opposition parties have urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to prevent the government from using the guillotine to push through the Appropriation Bill and the Finance Bill.

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. There was no let up in protests in the Lok Sabha as members from principal opposition Congress carrying placards against government rushed to the well of the House as soon as the day's proceedings got underway.

The opposition has been demanding a discussion under adjournment motion on the Rs 12,600 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and other frauds in various public sector banks.

Members from TDP, which quit the central government last week but remains part of the ruling NDA, demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh.

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The BJP Parliamentary Party held its meeting on Tuesday morning, which was attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP chief Amit Shah and its patriarch Lal Krishna Advani, among others.

"It seems (Congress leaders) Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi don't believe in democracy". They speak outside on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament.

"We will wait to see whether the opposition decides against or for undertaking legislative business in Parliament".

However, Shukla said these provisions can be debated during the discussion on the bill and introduced the bill.

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

In fact, important issues are now discussed more outside Parliament than on the floor of the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha by both the Congress and the BJP.

"If they decide against it, we will have to pass the finance bill amid the uproar", a senior party leader said. But opposition insisted on a discussion on banking fraud under rule 168/169 which require voting.

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