New Delhi, Apr 3: The second half of the Budget Session will end on April 6 and the session is heading towards a washout. With continuous protests by opposition parties on a range of issues, the current session has become one of the least productive in the 16th Lok Sabha. No significant business has been transacted either by Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha in the last 18 days.
Rajya Sabha on Monday saw a more chaotic situation, with Opposition MPs trooping into the well, forcing Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House within minutes. The TDP is demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh while the AIADMK members are asking for constitution of the CMB to manage water distribution between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Lok Sabha also witnessed a similar situation. As soon as the House met, AIADMK members protested near the Speaker’s podium for the Centre’s failure to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). Speaker Sumitra Mahajan tried to proceed with the Question Hour, but as protests continued, and she adjourned the House.
Both the Houses of Parliament have been witnessing disruptions over different issues, including demands for special status to Andhra Pradesh, setting up of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and the multi-thousand crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud since March 5 when Parliament reassembled for the budget session after recess.
While the Congress has been accusing the government of running away from issues, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ananth Kumar targeted the grand old party, saying its MPs were disrupting the House since the start of the budget session.