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Lok Sabha proceedings washed out for fourth day

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The failed to transact any legislative business for the fourth consecutive day today as members from parties, including NDA ally TDP, and TMC, continued their protests on various issues.

Members from the TDP, AIADMK, TRS and trooped into the Well, with many holding placards and raising slogans.

While the was demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, the sought immediate setting up of Cauvery River Management Board.

members were also seen holding placards of Dravidian movement founder Members from the TRS were demanding an increase in quota.

Amid the din, of State for Parliamentary Affairs moved the Supplementary Demands for Grants seeking Parliament nod for additional cash spending of Rs 85,315 crore.

As the House met for the day, extended greetings on being celebrated today and also read out a message.

Soon after members from TMC, TDP, TRS, YSR and AIADMK trooped into the Well raising slogans.

Members from opposition Congress, who have been protesting vociferously over the Rs 12,700 crore fraud at PNB, were also on their feet.

members also continued to press the government to respond on the fraud case in which Letters of Undertaking (LoU) were allegedly fraudulently issued by one branch of PNB to diamantaire

requested the to continue with the Question Hour.

"We are ready to discuss irregularities in the (sector)," the said.

Under Rule 193, a discussion on alleged systemic irregularities in sector over the years and its impact on Indian economy was scheduled for today in the House.

As the protests continued, Mahajan adjourned the proceedings till noon and thereafter for the entire day.

Ashok Gajapathi Raju was not present in the House even though it was the question day of the ministry. However, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha was present.

Disappointed over the Centre not granting special status to Andhra Pradesh, the had late last night announced that the party's two ministers -- Raju and Y S Chowdary -- would resign from the central government.

The protesting members were wearing stoles of their party colours. While TDP members were sporting yellow stoles and T- shirts with picture of Chandrababu Naidu, those from TRS donned pink scarves. AIADMK members were wearing stoles in hues of white, black and red.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 13:45 IST