Budget session: Opposition angry as Finance Bill passed without discussion

Uproar in Parliament over special status for Andhra Pradesh PNB scam leads to adjournments again

Members from TDP, which pulled out two ministers from the NDA last week, demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh and were seen holding placards that read "Follow alliance dharma".

Sources in the party said the decision came after repeated attempts to reach out failed to assuage the opposition, protesting, among other things, against the alleged Rs 12,700 crore PNB swindle involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.

Question Hour and Zero Hour were washed out after members from the TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS, etc. trooped into the Well.

While the upper house has been adjourned till 2 PM, the proceedings in lower house has been adjourned for the day.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien repeatedly asked the agitating members to go back to their seats, but they did not relent.

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When the House reassembled at noon, the protests continued and no legislative business could be carried out. But opposition insisted on a discussion on banking fraud under rule 168/169 which require voting.

The proceedings of the Lok Sabha this morning were disrupted for the seventh consecutive day as various parties continued with their protests on several issues, including the Punjab National Bank scam. Congress president Rahul Gandhi however did mention that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was not talking about the PNB scam, alleging involvement of his daughter, in what seems like a tit for tat to the Karti development. They speak outside on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament. "The Congress (men) doesn't have democracy in their genes", he said. On the other hand, it is hell bent on passing the bill without a proper scrutiny.

"We have included all important issues in list of business". We have also issued a three-line whip to all our MPs. If this is the way MPs are behaving, I will adjourn the House.

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

"It's the job of the Parliamentary Affairs Minister to run the House". They will remain intact as per the Central government rules.

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