Budget session of Parliament: Stalemate on Day 6, protests continue

Budget session of Parliament: Stalemate on Day 6, protests continue

Going the strength of the parties in the AP assembly, the TDP can win two Rajya Sabha seats comfortably, while the YSR Congress party with 44 seats can win the third one.

As soon as the papers were laid, the law-makers from Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Yuvajana Shramika Rythu (YSR) Congress, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIDMK), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members rushed to the Well and shouted slogans in support of their demands. The only Congress member protesting in the Well was K V P Ramachandra Rao from Andhra Pradesh.

Both Question Hour and Zero Hour were washed out as scores of members from the TDP, Congress, AIADMK, TRS and Trinamool Congress trooped into the Well, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the proceedings first for an hour.

Insisting on his demand for special category status to Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to honour the promises made by the centre at the time of bifurcation of the state. "When there is no order, how can there be a point of order?"

But with members not willing to relent, Naidu was forced to adjourn the House till 2 pm.

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"Hence we are strongly asking him (to honour the promises made in the Reorganisation Act as well as those made in Rajya Sabha by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh), Naidu said". I am allowing every issue to be raised and find no reason to disturb the proceedings. Earlier while papers were being laid, Naidu said ministers can lay papers on behalf of other ministers but they should seek prior permission from the chair.

Naidu said, "It is nothing but neglecting the people's sentiments by saying railway zone is not possible for Visakhapatnam in yesterday's Home Ministry meet".

He maintained that special category status was a right of Andhra Pradesh, which was bifurcated to carve out separate Telangana state in 2014.

Congress - the main opposition party - had earlier moved a notice in the Rajya Sabha under rule 168 seeking a discussion on the billion dollars Punjab National Bank fraud case.

Ahluwalia was to make a statement regarding status of implementation of recommendations of the 35th report of Parliamentary Standing Committee on rural development. However, the House was adjourned for the day within a couple of minutes.

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