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Demands for grants of Rs 94 lakh crore voted without debate in LS

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday passed the budget and voted demands for grants to the tune of Rs 94,61,524 crore without any debate as the House witnessed continued disruption for the eighth straight day caused by the opposition parties and some BJP allies.

With no signs of order returning any time soon in the government-opposition standoff, heeded the government's request for early passage of the budget by advancing the guillotine on the debate on demands for grants for various ministries relating to fiscal 2018-19.

She put to vote the demands and the bill even as opposition and other agitating members raised slogans on various issues. While members from the TDP, YSR Congress, and came near the Speaker's podium, those belonging to other parties remained at their seats while shouting slogans.

The House passed by voice vote the relevant appropriation bill authorising payment of the monies from the It also passed another appropriation bill authorising payment of Rs 906,835 crore towards supplementary demands for grants for fiscal 2017-18.

Members of the and Trinamool walked out in protest as the voting process was on.

moved the 2018 as well as the Appropriation Bills.

Because of the stand off, none of the demands for grants of any ministry was taken up for discussion during the resumed part of the budget session.

While the opposition parties have been raising the issue of the fraud in the Punjab National Bank, the regional parties have been raking up issues like grant of special category status to and the demand for setting up of a

Amid protests, requested to take up the financial business at 12 noon.

"Keeping in view the urgency involved in financial business, we cannot defer the same any longer. Hence guillotine in respect of the demands for grants 2018-19, which is scheduled for 5 p.m, will now be taken up immediately after the laying of papers," the said.

When the House met at noon, members from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress, and trooped near the Speaker's podium and started raising slogans.

The TDP and YSR are demanding a special economic status for

The protested against the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh, urging Mahajan to "save democracy", after refused entry to journalists at the counting centre on Wednesday.

Members from the Congress, Trinamool and the Left parties, who have been protesting over the PNB fraud, stood in their seats as the Speaker went ahead with the different bills related to passing the demands for grants and the

Members from the CPI-M, including Mohammad Salim, Asaduddin Owaisi, Bhagwant Mann of and some others were seen joining the chorus with members who were near the Speaker's podium, shouting slogans alleging murder of democracy.

On Tuesday, members from the opposition parties wrote to Mahajan protesting against the listing of guillotining of bills related to demands for grants.

Under Parliament procedures, Parliament debates demands for grants of some ministries before guillotine is applied on the debate of the demands for grants of other ministries due to paucity of time. The demands for grants of all the remaining ministries are then put to vote.

Once all the demands for grants were passed through voice vote, members in the treasury benches thumped their desks.

The passage of the and the Appropriation Bill completes the budget exercise in the

The two Bills will now go to the Rajya Sabha, which has no veto on the issue. If the bills are not returned to the in 14 days, they are considered adopted.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 16:04 IST