The proceedings of the Lok Sabha this morning were disrupted for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday as various parties continued with their protests on several issues, including the PNB scam.
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.
As the bedlam continued, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings for the day after the tabling of reports of various standing committees.
Members from TDP, which quit the central government last week but remains part of the ruling NDA, demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh. The Opposition apprehends that the government may opt for an early adjournment of the budget session after rushing through the bills. "It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion, ' he said".
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit out at Congress for the parliament impasse. They speak outside (the house) on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament. Congress president Rahul Gandhi however did mention that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was not talking about the PNB scam, alleging involvement of his daughter, in what seems like a tit for tat to the Karti development. "Congress doesn't have democracy in their genes".
"We have included all important issues in the list of business". We have also issued a three-line whip to all our MPs.
He asked other parties to discuss the pending bills constructively.
Soon after this, the House was adjourned.
"Mr Salim said the National Democratic Alliance government and its "estranged and potential" allies had created such a situation that discussions and debate were not taking place in Parliament on crucial issues, including price rise, farmers" distress, economic situation and allocations for the key ministries.
If the government is trying to reach out to the opposition parties in any manner, they are neither talking about it nor is any move visible.