Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Lok Sabha passes Budget without discussion, Opposition protests

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Kenny Thornton | 14 March, 2018, 10:43

"All these are government-sponsored agitations that are meant to adjourn the Houses", said Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge referring to the issues raised by TDP and AIADMK.

Technically, the two Bills also have to go to Rajya Sabha but since they are money bill they would be considered approved if the Upper House of Parliament does not return them within 14 days.

The second half of the Budget session of Parliament has been a complete washout since it resumed on March 5 after the customary break.

"Mr Salim said the National Democratic Alliance government and its "estranged and potential" allies had created such a situation that discussions and debate were not taking place in Parliament on crucial issues, including price rise, farmers" distress, economic situation and allocations for the key ministries.

The AIADMK was more miffed as the government had, on Monday, filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, against the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said that the House will take up Finance Bill, appropriation bills at 12 noon.

The scenes were no different in Rajya Sabha.

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Earlier, the House was adjourned within minutes after it met for the day. However, the opposition persisted with its demand.

"Therefore, we, the opposition party members, would like to express our strong protest and demand an immediate intervention from you to protect the rights of the Parliament members", the memorandum read. He, however, indicated that the government is rushing with the passage of the Union Budget in the next two days even if the pandemonium persists.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit out at the Congress for continuing to stall Parliament.

"It seems (Congress leaders) Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi don't believe in democracy".

He asked other parties to discuss the pending bills constructively. The government, he said, was ready to discuss any issue, but since the proceedings remained disrupted.

This, the opposition alleged, showed the "arrogance" of the government.

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