Lok Sabha impasse continues, no 'sign' of govt outreach to opposition

Lok Sabha protests

In a bid to break the logjam in Parliament, an aggressive government on Tuesday pushed for the passage of the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha prompting the Opposition to accuse it of bulldozing the financial business in the House. There was no let up in protests in the Lok Sabha as members from principal opposition Congress carrying placards against government rushed to the well of the House as soon as the day's proceedings got underway.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the government has agreed for a discussion on the bank fraud case under rule 176, but the Trinamool Congress and other parties wanted the debate under a rule (rule 168/169) that entails voting. Members from Telugu Desam Party, an ally of NDA and Y S R Congress party also trooped into the well demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh.

The BJP Parliamentary Party held its meeting on Tuesday morning, which was attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP chief Amit Shah and its patriarch Lal Krishna Advani, among others.

"It is the game-plan of the BJP to pass the Budget and demands for grants without discussion and it is being supported by its allies and some potential allies", CPM leader Mohammed Salim told reporters, when asked about the absence of a TMC representation in the memorandum.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit out at the Congress for continuing to stall Parliament. "Congress doesn't have democracy in their genes". 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.

"We will wait to see whether the opposition decides against or for undertaking legislative business in Parliament". We have also issued a three-line whip to all our MPs.

"They (the government) are finding excuses to avoid discussing the Nirav Modi and PNB scandal", he said.

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