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Budget session: Opposition angry as Finance Bill passed without discussion

Budget session: Opposition angry as Finance Bill passed without discussion

As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from various parties, including the Congress, AIADMK, TDP and TRS trooped into the Well raising slogans and holding placards.

The Lok Sabha could not take up Finance Bill 2018-19, Appropriation Bills and demands for grants with protests forcing a washout of the proceedings for the seventh consecutive day.

Conscious that it needs to get its act together and carry out key legislative business including approval of the Finance Bill despite din in Parliament, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday issued a three-line whip to all its members to be present in Lok Sabha during the next three days.

Two TDP ministers had resigned last week from the National Democratic Alliance-led Centre as their demand for Special Category status to Andhra Pradesh was not met.

The government has so far failed to bring in any legislation in parliament in the budget session, which resumed on Mar 5, due to the repeated disruptions by the opposition parties.

"This shows government arrogance and unilateral move to bulldoze all the financial business without discussing them on the floor of the House", leaders of the Congress, CPM, NCP, RJD, RSP and National Conference said in a letter to the speaker.

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Several opposition parities including, the Congress and the TMC raised the similar issue in Lok Sabha as well.

The Rajya Sabha too saw several diruptions with the House being adjourned nearly immediately after the day began.

YSR Congress was also raising the Andhra Pradesh issue. "Even the Prime Minister has remained silent", he said and added the government is defaming the opposition by blaming them for adjournments. Let the House function effectively. Stating that the Chair is willing to allow discussion effectively as per rules and traditions, Mr Naidu again appealed to them to put an end to the stalling of proceedings.

After both the houses were adjourned early on the day, Congress hit back at BJP.

Question Hour was adjourned within minutes. If this is the way MPs are behaving, I will adjourn the House.