Lok Sabha proceedings disrupted for the third day

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New Delhi, Mar. 7The proceedings of the Lok Sabha were washed out for the third consecutive day on Wednesday as parties protested on various issues, including vandalization of statue of Dravidian icon Thanthai Periyar and PNB scam.

While the Congress continued to press for Prime Minister’s reply on the Rs 12,700-crore bank fraud allegedly involving diamantaire Nirav Modi, members from All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Aam Aadmi Party were in the Well, holding photos of Periyar and raising slogans condemning the vandalism in Vellore.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi members raised slogans demanding a hike in Telangana’s quota in the reservation. While Telugu Desam Party continued to press for special status for Andhra Pradesh, another NDA ally Shiv Sena protested, like yesterday, demanding classical language status for Marathi.

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Amid the din, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked Shiv Sena member Anandrao Adsul to speak on his demand. Adsul said that Marathi is an ancient language and fulfills all criteria to be given the classical language status.

He said Telegu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Odia have classical language status. “Several of our members have raised this issue repeatedly. We have given our submission to the minister but our demand was not fulfilled till date,” Adsul said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was present in the House, assured Adsul that the matter would be looked into.

”The issue does not pertain to the Home Ministry. I will speak to the Culture Ministry on this,” Singh said.

The leading parties from Tamil Nadu — AIADMK and DMK — demanded the immediate constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.
As noisy scenes persisted, the chair adjourned the House till Thursday.