Budget session: Opposition angry as Finance Bill passed without discussion

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The impasse in the Lok Sabha continued for the seventh day today with no let up in protests by members from opposition parties and TDP over issues like bank scams and special status demand for Andhra Pradesh, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the house.

As soon as the House met in the afternoon, some members came near the Chair's podium holding placards.

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

With the Opposition parties refusing to return to their seats, the Speaker adjourned the House for almost one hour till 12 noon.

One of the protesting members in the Well was holding a placard which read "Chotta Modi kahan gaya", referring to diamond merchant Nirav Modi, allegedly the key person behind the ₹12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the government has agreed for a discussion on the bank fraud case under rule 176, but the Trinamool Congress and other parties wanted the debate under a rule (rule 168/169) that entails voting.

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

Earlier in the morning, the BJP parliamentary party met and issued a whip to party MPs to be present in Parliament for the next two days while hitting out at the opposition for "not allowing Parliament to function". "It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion, ' he said". They speak outside on democracy but don't practice it in Parliament.

In fact, important issues are now discussed more outside Parliament than on the floor of the Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha by both the Congress and the BJP. If we were not ready for a discussion, why would we give a notice?

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.