TDP leaders protest at Parliament House demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh

TDP MP and former Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju with Party MP's protest at Parliament House.

The Lok Sabha has been facing a logjam since Monday, with protests over the Rs 12,600 crore Punjab National Bank fraud, according special economic status to Andhra Pradesh, and constituting a board for managing Cauvery river water, among other issues.

When the House reconvened, members continued to raise slogans and trooped into the well of the Lok Sabha, forcing an adjournment for the entire day.

Some opposition leaders present at the meet said the issue remained unresolved as there was no unanimity on the rule under which a discussion on the banking scam was to be held.

Nearly immediately thereafter, opposition members again stormed the Well raising slogans and displaying placards.

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On Friday, Lok Sabha continued to witness ruckus as MPs, including BJP ally TDP members kept raising their respective demands.

Ms Mahajan extended her wishes to all members of Lok Sabhaon International Women's Day. "The government, together with the opposition, should create an atmosphere to ensure the safety of women", he said, and agreed with the others on the early passage of the bill.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) members sought an increase in the job quota in the state beyond 50 per cent. In a reference in the House on the occasion, Ms Mahajan said the theme of this year's International Women's Day is 'Time is now: Rural and Urban activists transforming women's lives.' The Speaker said it was essential that both women and men were equally empowered.

The protesting members were wearing stoles of their party colours. "One week has gone waste". Amid disruptions, the House could not take up the Question Hour and the Chairman adjourned the proceedings till 1400 hours.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned the House, minutes after it met at 2 the agitating opposition members gathered near the Chair's podium, shouting slogans and carrying placards.

  • Adam Floyd