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India Parliament witnesses disruptions over PNB fraud

Parliament witnesses disruptions over PNB fraud

As soon as the listed papers were laid on the table, TMC members, legislators from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh rushed into the well of the House shouting slogans

New Delhi: Opposition parties stalled proceedings in the Rajya Sabha for the second day today, forcing an adjournment till 11.30 hours over the PNB banking fraud, special package for Andhra Pradesh and constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board.

As soon as the listed papers were laid on the table, TMC members, legislators from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh rushed into the well of the House shouting slogans.

While TMC members raised slogans demanding that the alleged mastermind of the banking fraud Nirav Modi be brought back to the country, the AIADMK and DMK carried placards demanding constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board for the division of Cauvery water between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

The TDP and a Congress member demanded implementation of a special package for Andhra Pradesh to make up for the loss after a separate Telangana was carved out.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked members not to shout slogans and display banners.

“This is not the way. This is Parliament. This is not a bazaar,” he said, remarks which went unheeded.

He asked members to withdraw from the well and stop displaying placards. “You are insulting yourself. You are making Parliament a laughing stock in front of the people of the country,” he said.

Naidu said he cannot allow this to go on and adjourned proceedings till 11.30 hours.

But before doing so, he asked leaders of political parties to meet him in his chamber to help resolve the impasse.

Meanwhile, the proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned for an hour this morning amid vociferous protests by various parties, including NDA ally Shiv Sena over a variety of issues including special status for Andhra Pradesh.

As soon as the House met for the day, members of various opposition parties rushed to the Well holding placards and shouting slogans. Shiv Sena members were also seen holding placards demanding ‘classical language’ status for Marathi.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, but amid bedlam, she adjourned the proceedings till 12 noon.

Wearing robes representing their party colours, members from AIADMK, TRS, TDP and the Shiv Sena were seen in the Well holding placards. Several BJP members were seen wearing robes from northeastern states.

Congress members were also seen raising slogans which could not be heard in the din.

While the AIADMK was demanding the creation of the Cauvery river board to settle the water sharing issue, the TRS was demanding a hike in Telangana’s quota. The TDP was demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

PTI

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