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Par proceedings of the week washed out due to protests

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were virtually washed out for the entire week, as the was today adjourned for the day soon after it met and the in the afternoon following unabated protests by the opposition parties and ruling NDA allies TDP and over various issues.

This was the first week of the second leg of the Budget Session of Parliament, in which the Finance Bill 2018 and Demands for Grants are slated to be passed.

The proceedings were washed out for the fifth straight day as members of several parties including TDP and AIADMK, continued their protests over various issues.

While opposition and Trinamool were up in arms against the government over the Rs 12,700 crore fraud at the country's second largest PSU lender PNB, parties -- TDP and YSR -- continued to press for special status to be granted to the state.

Disappointed over the Centre not granting the status, the TDP had yesterday pulled out its two ministers -- and Y S Chowdary -- from the However, the party continues to be an NDA ally.

While the was demanding setting up of the to settle water disputes with neighbouring states, few others were seen holding placards of Dravidian movement founder Thanthai Periyar, whose statue was defaced recently in The TRS pressed for increased quota of Telangana.

When the met for the day, welcomed a parliamentary delegation from Tributes were also paid to former members Prabodh Panda, and who died recently.

Soon thereafter, the members of various parties trooped into the Well carrying placards and raising slogans, prompting the to remark that after a minute of silence, the House was again witnessing din.

Members from AIADMK, TDP and YSR Congress were in the Well holding placards. Raju, who had quit as the civil aviation minister, was also seen standing in the Well with his party colleagues demanding special status for Like others, he too was wearing a stole depicting his party's colour. While one was holding an idol, another had donned a colourful traditional headgear.

Amid the din, the adjourned the proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned for nearly 50 minutes when the Question Hour was in progress till noon.

At noon, the noisy protests continued and the House was adjourned for the day soon after the listed papers were laid.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the too, where the proceedings were disrupted again today as members of several parties stormed the Well over various issues including India's biggest and special package for Andhra Pradesh, no sooner were the listed papers laid.

M Venkaiah Naidu did not wait long enough and adjourned the proceedings till 1430 hours. "One week has gone waste. This is no good. This is sad," he commented before adjourning the proceedings.

Before the House saw its first adjournment, Naidu announced the nomination of JD(U) member on the panel of presiding officers to conduct the proceedings of the House, making her the first woman to be included in the panel in the recent times.

The historic move came a day after the when the members had expressed concern that there was no woman member in this panel, which was agreed to by the

Referring to this, Naidu said that in deference to the wishes of members expressed on the occasion of yesterday, he is nominating Parveen on the panel with effect from April 3.

According to the rules, the nominates from amongst the members up to six vice-chairmen or presiding officers who chair the proceedings in absence of the

Parveen would replace Basawaraj Patil, whose term expires on April 2, Naidu said, adding that she has been a of the Bihar Mahila Aayog.

Naidu, who is also of India, is the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, while P J Kurien of Congress is the The panel of vice-chairmen or presiding officers includes Satyanarayan Jatiya (BJP), Tiruchi Siva (DMK), (CPI-M), Bhubaneswar Kalita (Congress), (BJP) and Sukhendu Sekhar Ray (Trinamool Congress).

When senior Congress member who had demanded the inclusion of a woman in the presiding officer's panel yesterday, rose to thank him, Naidu, in a lighter vein, said he wanted to nominate Thakur, but she would have lost her voice in the panel.

"Viplove, in our language, means revolution," he said. Naidu's native language is Telugu.

When the reassembled at 1430 hours and took up the Private Members' Business, (Cong) tried to raise a point of order on the issue of the banking scam. However, P J Kurien disallowed him from doing so and asked him to persuade his protesting party colleagues to return to their seats from the Well.

However, members of the Congress, TDP and continued to be in the Well raising slogans. This prompted Kurien to adjourn the House for the day.

Today being Friday, Private members' business was listed in the afternoon. There was no official bill listed in the business for the day.

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

First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:30 IST