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LS deadlock continues, Finance Bill not taken up

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The key Finance Bill 2018-19 could not be taken up in the today as protests by opposition parties and the TDP over issues like and special status demand for continued for the seventh day, disrupting proceedings in the House.

Both Question Hour and Zero Hour were washed out as scores of members from the TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS and trooped into the Well, forcing to adjourn the proceedings first for an hour.

The was scheduled to take up the Finance Bill 2018-19 and Appropriation bills for FY 2017-18 and 2018-19.

However, when the House reassembled at noon, the protests continued and no legislative business could be carried out.

Most of the protesting members were heard shouting "we want justice".

Members from TDP, which quit the central government last week but remains part of the ruling NDA, were demanding special status for They were holding placards which read 'Follow alliance dharma'.

YSR was also raising the issue.

While the and the were raising the issue of scam at Punjab National Bank, the TRS sought increased reservation quota and the AIADMK wanted the government to constitute the Cauvery management board.

One of the protesting members in the Well was holding a placard which read 'Chotta Modi kahan gaya', referring to diamond merchant Nirav Modi, allegedly the key person behind the Rs 12,700 crore fraud at

Some members from the Left parties, while standing at their seats, were holding some photographs.

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

The has failed to transact substantial business on account of frequent disruptions since March 5 when the second leg of the Budget Session of Parliament commenced.

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

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 14:05 IST