Any Solution, Parliament Logjam Continues: Both sides Blame Each Other

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New Delhi March 22: With the proceedings in Parliament being washed out for the 13th consecutive day on Wednesday, political sources from the ruling and Opposition side said that the session may be called off prematurely next week much ahead of the scheduled April 6.

Both the sides are holding each other responsible for the logjam and the repeated request by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venakiah Naidu seeking members’ cooperation in the smooth running of the Parliament.

Breaking from conventions when usually House was adjourned for few minutes and then resumed in a day over the disruptions, Naidu has taken to stringent norms and within seconds he adjourns the House for the entire day in recent past. A peeved Naidu cancelled a dinner which was to be hosted by him on Wednesday where the invitees included President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Naidu on Wednesday said he was willing to allow members to raise issues from their seat and asked them not to shout slogans. “What is happening. Are we so helpless? Go back to your respective seats and raise issues,” said the Chairman.

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Asking if the MPs wanted images of disruption to be seen by the nation, he said, “Is this Parliament or something else?” “I am sorry this is not the way,” he said before adjourning the proceedings for the day.

While the Rajya Sabha was adjourned without transacting any business barely four minutes after it assembled, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon and thereafter for the day due to the protests by parties from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

The leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad sought a discussion on the atrocities against the SCs and STs as well as on the statement of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the killing of 39 abducted Indians in Iraq. He said the House should debate the statement Swaraj made last year and what she stated in the House.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked him to give proper notice for the same and asked the members to allow the House to function.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have not transacted any substantial business since the Budget session of Parliament resumed on March 5, barring the passage of the budget by the Lower House without any debate.

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