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Par adjourned sine die after the least productive budget session since 2000

Par adjourned sine die after the least productive budget session since 2000

However, the conduct of political parties in the just concluded Budget session showed that everyone is gearing for the election season that would culminate in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The upper house worked for 45 hours in 30 sittings and lost around 121 hours in disruptions over various issues, including frauds in public sector banks; demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh; Cauvery Water Management Board; fake encounters in Uttar Pradesh; review of Supreme Court order vis-a-vis the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act; and sealing of commercial establishments in Delhi. He added that Rajya Sabha witnessed 96 percent productivity in the first part and 8 percent in the second part. For the second half, which started on March 5, the productivity dropped to a measly four per cent.

Besides, The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and The Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2017 were among those passed. There are now 68 bills pending before the Parliament.

South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar have written to the secretary general of Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha for a pay-cut of the session period, while North Goa Lok Sabha MP and Minister Shripad Naik is likely to give up his salary and allowances too. "In the 14th Lok Sabha, a no-confidence motion was converted to a confidence vote, which the government had won", said PRS Legislative Research. At least 50 members should back a no-confidence motion.

In the evening, Modi, while interacting with district presidents of the BJP and workers of five Lok Sabha constituencies, said the "opposition to the BJP is now at its peak". A no-confidence motion was also moved in the 15th Lok Sabha (2013), but was not discussed. The second part of the Budget Session has literally been a near washout, with both the Houses transacting little business. With Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien retiring in July, the next session is expected to see a contest between the ruling NDA and the opposition for the post.

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The PM announced a fast by party MPs on April 12 as a mark of protest against the impasse, which they say was caused by the Congress, followed closely by the principal Opposition party vowing to "expose the BJP's lies" by observing a countrywide day-long fast on April 9.

The fight in the Lok Sabha will now spill over to the streets. The question hour could not be taken up for 27 days "due to pandemonium and interruptions in the House over one or the other issue", Mr. Naidu said.

The two Andhra parties will also be taking their fight to the people. "We'll sit in protest against the negative attitude of Congress during last 23 days", BJP leader and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said.

At the BJP meeting, Modi is learnt to have told BJP MPs that Opposition members nearly surrounded him during his reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address to Parliament, and that such disruption during a Prime Minister's speech was unprecedented.


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