Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Logjam continue in Parliament for 7th consecutive day

Day 6 Budget session Lok Sabha business washed out TMC raises PNB scam in Rajya Sabha, House adjourned till 2 pm
Ellis Copeland | 14 March, 2018, 10:45

The names of Congress member K C Venugopal and N K Premchandran (RSP) figured in the day's agenda papers for last few days as "movers" for a debate under Rule 193 on 'alleged systemic irregularities in banking sector over the years and its impact on Indian economy'. The Opposition has an upper hand in the Rajya Sabha.

Tuesday panned out in an identical manner to previous days ever since Parliament reassembled on March 5, after a recess in the Budget Session.

Kurien then adjourned the House for the day.

Kharge and Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday levelled a direct charge of conspiracy on the government in not letting Parliament run.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, party chief Amit Shah and veteran leader LK Advani were present at the meeting. "There is no move to take recourse to the instrument of guillotine to get the Finance Bill passed", Union Minister for Parliamentary affairs Ananth Kumar told reporters. "It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion, ' he said". They speak outside (the house) on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament.

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"It seems (Congress leaders) Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi don't believe in democracy".

"We have included all important issues in the list of business. We request all the parties to let the house function and hold constructive discussions", the Minister said. The government, he said, was ready to discuss any issue, but since the proceedings remained disrupted.

For the unversed, a Finance Bill is presented in Parliament along with the Annual Financial Statement in lieu of fulfilling the requirement of Article 110 (1)(a) of the Constitution, detailing the imposition, abolition, remission, adjustment or regulation of taxes proposed in the Union Budget.

The functioning of both houses of Parliament has been stalled since the second half of the Budget session began on March 5 as opposition parties raised issues ranging from India's biggest bank fraud to division of Cauvery river water and special package to Andhra Pradesh.

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