Lok Sabha deadlock continues as TRS seeks justice


In a bid to break the logjam in Parliament, an aggressive government on Tuesday pushed for the passage of the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha prompting the Opposition to accuse it of bulldozing the financial business in the House.

The Lok Sabha has been witnessing similar scenes since March 5 with opposition parties besides the TDP, which remains a member of the ruling NDA though it has pulled out of the central government, raising a host of issues such as special status for Andhra Pradesh, enhanced reservation in Telangana and constitution of the Cauvery river board to settle Tamil Nadu's water dispute with neighbours.

Both Question Hour and Zero Hour could not be taken up as scores of members from the TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS and Trinamool Congress trooped into the Well.

As the bedlam continued, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings for the day after the tabling of reports of various standing committees.

Addressing a news conference here, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Lok Sabha member Mohammad Salim said the opposition parties had written to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, lodging their protest and seeking her intervention to allow the House function in a normal manner. Post that, The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned for the day amidst these ruckuses on minutes after it reassembled at 2 PM without transacting any business. Stating that the Chair is willing to allow discussion effectively as per rules and traditions, Mr Naidu again appealed to them to put an end to the stalling of proceedings.

Soon after this, the House was adjourned.

Opposition protests, over a range of diverse issues, spilled over into the second week of the resumed Budget session of the Lok Sabha.

Party members and YSR Congress Members sought Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh. "It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion, ' he said". But opposition insisted on a discussion on banking fraud under rule 168/169 which require voting.