Parliament proceedings disrupted for sixth day

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In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan first adjourned the House immediately after the Question Hour started, as the TRS, TDP, AIADMK and YSR Congress members stormed the well. On Friday, for the fifth consecutive day, members continued to protest on issues such as bank fraud, special status to Andhra Pradesh and setting up of Cauvery water management board.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon and the Rajya Sabha till 2 pm as members of the Telugu Desam Party caused an uproar, pressing for special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

The Congress and the TMC have been raising the issue of bank frauds.

Last week, the TDP withdrew its two Central Ministers P Ashok Gajapathi Raju (Civil Aviation) and YS Chowdary (Minister of State for Science and Technology) from the government, protesting the refusal of the Centre to oblige its demands for grant of special category status to Andhra Pradesh along with some other benefits. They were also supported by their rival YSR Congress party. "This is too much", Naidu said asking members to go back to their seats. However, as the pandemonium continued, Kurien adjourned the proceedings of the House for the day after barely a couple of minutes. "I don't find any reason to come to the Well of House", the chairman said adding that he is allowing discussion on all subjects.

The first week of the second part of the Budget session which began on 5 March has been a virtual washout.

On March 8, on the occasion of International Women's Day, the Rajya Sabha functioned for a brief period when women members urged the government to pass the Women's Reservation Bill.

Earlier, Naidu expressed his anguish over the absence of some Ministers and laying down of papers by others without taking the Chair's consent.

Thirdly, even if Naidu can still make an attempt to attract a few more MLAs by threats or intimidations (there is attempt to get YSRC MLA Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy from Nellore arrested in an alleged betting case), it would only bring a bad name to the TDP among the people and that might prove counter-productive in the coming days.

As soon as the Upper House reconvened at 2pm after an adjournment earlier in the day, Trinamool Congress member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy stood up seeking the Chair's permission to raise a point of order.