Parliament: Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha proceedings stalled again, protests continue

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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),"Mr Naidu said".

However, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien, who was in the Chair, said the House needs to be in order first.

The government, he said, has agreed for discussion on the issues being pressed by the Opposition, but the TMC and other parties wanted the debate under a rule that entails voting.

The unabated protests had forced the adjournment of the House till 2 pm, about 15 minutes after it had assembled.

The Lok Sabha had been witnessing similar scenes since 5 March with parties raising a host of issues such as Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, special status for Andhra Pradesh, enhanced quota for Telangana and constitution of the Cauvery river board to settle Tamil Nadu's water dispute with neighbours. Congress members were holding placards demanding that tainted diamond merchant Nirav Modi be brought back.

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Before adjourning the house, Naidu announced the nomination of JD (U) member Kahkashan Parveen on the panel of presiding officers to conduct the proceedings of the House, making her the first woman to be included in the panel in the recent times. "I don't find any reason to come to the Well of House", the chairman said adding that he is allowing discussion on all subjects. "Let us put an end to is my earnest appeal". "Proper advance notice should be given", Naidu said.

Naidu reminded members of sanctity of the rules of the House and the need to adhere to them.

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Amid the noisy protests, Ahluwalia laid on the table of the House the statement regarding the status of implementation of recommendations contained in the 35th report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development on Demands for Grants (2017-18).

As Chidambaram was absent, someone from the treasury benches remarked that he must be in prison. Chidambaram's son Karti is in judicial custody in an alleged bribery case.

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