Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid ruckus by TDP, AIADMK

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid ruckus by TDP, AIADMK

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid ruckus by TDP, AIADMK

In the Rajya Sabha, the government has persistently refused to refer the Bill to a Select Committee of the House for closer scrutiny despite insistence on the same by nearly every opposition party.

The Congress on Wednesday dubbed the passage of the budget-related Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha without a discussion for even a second as a "black day" of the government's conspiracy to gag Parliament and destroy the parliamentary democracy.

The government applied what is called "guillotine"-passing by voice votes whether or not a bill have been debated".

A BJP leader present in the meeting told IANS on condition of anonymity that the Finance Bill and Demands for Grants have to be cleared in this session and the party had thus asked all its MPs to remain present when that happens. Party whip Jyotiraditya Scindia said, "This is a very important Bill that requires discussion with every member of this House".

Lawmakers indulged in acts of tearing the papers and throwing them around in the assembly.

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On Tuesday, Opposition leaders had submitted a memorandum to the Speaker to protest the guillotine plan, pointing out that the House had enough time to debate matters till April 6. When union minister Ram Kripal Yadav was responding to the first question on rural housing, the protesting members raised their pitch, drowning his voice.

Holding placards and shouting slogans, MPs from TDP and YRS Congress sought special assistance for AP, AIADMK members were seeking setting up of the Cauvery river tribunal. Since the legislation is a money bill, the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP lacks the numbers, has no power to hold it up and is obligated to return it to the Lok Sabha in two weeks. The finance bill now seeks to correct this anomaly. This is only the third time since 2000 that the Budget has been passed without discussion as Opposition parties blocked proceedings, leading to the lower House being adjourned for the eighth consecutive session since reassembling on March 5. "I will dispose (these) in five minutes", Kurien urged the members.

In the morning, the Rajya Sabha was disrupted by Congress protests following a remark by TDP member and former minister Y S Chowdary that the division of Andhra Pradesh in 2014 was carried out in a "hasty, unjust and unscientific" manner by the then UPA government.

The Rajya Sabha, which also witnessed repeated adjournments, was adjourned finally for the day at 2 PM.

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