Opposition petitions speaker against government's move to 'bulldoze' Finance Bill

Opposition petitions speaker against government's move to 'bulldoze' Finance Bill

The Opposition parties, including the Left, Congress, RJD and NCP, submitted the memorandum to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Tuesday, expressing their strong Opposition to the government, and demanded her intervention to protect the rights of MPs.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien repeatedly asked the agitating members to go back to their seats, but they did not relent.

The opposition leaders wrote the letter after an item putting to vote in the House the Outstanding Demands for Grants in respect of the Union Budget 2018-19 appeared in the revised list of day's business.

Members from TDP, which quit the central government last week but remains part of the ruling NDA, demanded special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier, the House was adjourned within minutes after it met for the day.

The BJP Parliamentary Party held its meeting on Tuesday morning, which was attended among others by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP chief Amit Shah and its patriarch Lal Krishna Advani, among others.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar hit out at the Congress for continuing to stall Parliament. They speak outside on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament.

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

"We have included all important issues in the list of business".

"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.

Naidu said debates on India's biggest bank fraud and other issues have been permitted under rule 176 that provides for a member to give notice of a Short Duration Discussion without the voting clause.

Soon after this, the House was adjourned.

Most of the protesting members were heard shouting "we want justice".

If the government is trying to reach out to the opposition parties in any manner, they are neither talking about it nor is any move visible.

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