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Lok Sabha proceedings washed out for fourth day

12 March 2018

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi Members of Parliament from Telangana on Thursday continued with their protest for the fourth straight day in the Lok Sabha in support of the State's demand that it be given the right to take a call on reservations in education and employment sectors.

However, Congress members did not enter the Well but were seen holding placards, demanding the arrest of tainted businessman Nirav Modi. Members from the AIADMK meanwhile sought the creation of a board to manage the waters of Cauvery river.

When the Lok Sabha met for the day, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan welcomed a parliamentary delegation from South Korea.

It was a rare occasion in the Upper House, which has been experiencing a washout of its proceedings due to protests over various issues since Monday, as members put their political affiliations behind to speak unitedly on the women's cause.

Amid the din, the Speaker adjourned the proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned for almost 50 minutes when the Question Hour was in progress till noon.

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Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha too, where the proceedings were disrupted again on Friday as members of several parties stormed the Well over various issues including India's biggest bank scam and special package for Andhra Pradesh, no sooner were the listed papers laid.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the House, minutes after it met at 2 the agitating opposition members gathered near the Chair's podium, shouting slogans and carrying placards.

The leaders also raised the issues of their respective parties with the Speaker and urged her to allow them to bring them up in the House.

There are many important issues, including banking fraud, which can be discussed only if the House functions properly, he added.

Naidu also agreed to a suggestion by some members to have a woman member in the panel for Vice Chairman panel. The bill has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha and is pending approval of the Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha proceedings washed out for fourth day