RS proceedings washed out amid Opposition protests

LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urges all parties to find a solution to the continued House logjam

TDP leader and Civil Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju was not present in the House even though it was the question day of his ministry.

The pandemonium led Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, who was in the Chair then, to adjourn the House for the day.

The protests come after two TDP ministers had submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that they will continue to be a part of NDA but would no longer hold ministerial positions.

When the Upper House reassembled at 1430 hours and took up the Private Members' Business, Pramod Tewari (Cong) tried to raise a point of order on the issue of the banking scam.

Nearly immediately thereafter, opposition members again stormed the Well raising slogans and displaying placards.

Members from the TDP, AIADMK, TRS and TMC trooped into the Well, with many holding placards and raising slogans. TDP and YSR Congress MPs continued their protests on the demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh.

AIADMK members were near the podium demanding a Cauvery Management Board.

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Earlier, the TRS members in the Lok Sabha were up on their feet as soon as the House met for the day demanding vociferously that the State's request on reservations issue be met by the Central government.

Shiv Sena members wanted classical language status for Marathi but returned to their seats after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed party MP Anandrao Adsul to speak on the issue. In a reference in the House on the occasion, Ms Mahajan said the theme of this year's International Women's Day is 'Time is now: Rural and Urban activists transforming women's lives.' The Speaker said it was essential that both women and men were equally empowered.

Today being Friday, Private members' business was listed in the afternoon.

Mahajan, who spoke on the issue as the Lok Sabha met for the day, emphasised on the need to work together for all round development of women for positive change.

As the protests continued, Speaker Mahajan first adjourned the proceedings till noon.

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