Stalemate continues: LS adjourned till noon over Andhra demand, PNB scam

Stalemate continues: LS adjourned till noon over Andhra demand, PNB scam

The opening week of second leg of budget session was washed out as both Houses of Parliament did not transact any business for the fifth day in a row on Friday.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day without conducting any business.

Opposition Congress and TMC continued with their vociferous protests in the House over Rs 12,700 crore PNB fraud.

The protests come after two TDP ministers had submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that they will continue to be a part of NDA but would no longer hold ministerial positions.

Members from the AIADMK meanwhile sought the creation of a board to manage the waters of Cauvery river.

However, the amiable environment in the House was short- lived as slogan shouting members from the opposition Congress as well some from the AIADMK trooped into the Well.

He asked members to stop displaying placards. While one TDP MP was holding an idol, another had donned a colourful traditional headgear.

However, as the listed questions could not be taken up, the Speaker adjourned proceedings till 1200 hrs.

The House was adjourned till 2 pm barely within in minutes of re-assembling at 11.30 am. "This is sad", Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said. "This is sad", he commented before adjourning the proceedings.

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The Minister said that the Speaker urged the members to ensure smooth functioning of the House.

Earlier, as soon as the House met for the day, the Speaker welcomed a Korean delegation in the House of the People and then read out the obituary references of three former members - Shyama Singh, Bhanu Kumar Shastri and Pramod Panda.

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

The scene was no different in the Rajya Sabha.

The Congress has been insisting on keeping the focus of the discussion in Parliament on the PNB scam while the government wants the deliberations to include transactions "over the years" that could give the BJP an opportunity to target the UPA regime as well.

"Viplove, in our language, means revolution", he said.

However, members of the Congress, TDP and AIADMK continued to be in the Well raising slogans.

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