Telangana: No Business in House as Usual

While the LS was in session for merely 15 minutes before two adjournments, the RS functioned only for 16 minutes before it was adjourned till Monday.

Published: 08th February 2014 08:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th February 2014 08:47 AM   |  A+A-

Telangana

Row over Telangana statehood, the harassment of Tamil fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy and death of Northeast student rocked Parliament for the third day of the extended winter session on Friday.

While the Lok Sabha was in session for merely 15 minutes before two adjournments, the Rajya Sabha functioned only for 16 minutes before it was adjourned till Monday.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari told the members to give notices for discussion on the issues they were raising instead of holding protests,  and added that these would be recorded in the proceedings of the House.

Meanwhile, AIDMK member V Maitreyan demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should be present in the House.

“The Prime Minister did not visit the House for third day in row. My Chief Minister had written to the PM twice on the issue of the plight of fishermen,” Maitreyan said.

However, the government was able to introduce the rights of persons with disabilities Bill, 2014, in the Rajya Sabha amid din.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned twice on Friday as protests over Telangana continued.

Speaker Meira Kumar said that she had received three notices of no-confidence motion from G V Harsha Kumar (Congress), M Venugopala Reddy (TDP) and M Raja Mohan Reddy (YSR Congress).

As the House was not in order, the Speaker could not take up these notices.

The Akali Dal MPs seen carrying placards protesting against 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Outside the House, BSP supremo Mayawati put the blame on the Congress-led UPA Government.

“The government is fully responsible for the disruption of both the Houses. The disruption is due to the Telangana issue,” Mayawati said, adding that her party supports creation of smaller states.

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