Parliament gears up for Day 5; both Houses adjourned till after lunch


While Opposition parties including the Congress and the TMC have been demanding arrest of Nirav Modi in the PNB scam, TDP MPs have been demanding that the Centre should grant a special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

The ongoing impasse in the Lok Sabha over a spate of thorny issues including the PNB scam is likely to continue this week in Parliament, with a multi-party meeting convened by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to ease the situation making little headway on Wednesday.

However, the amiable environment in the House was short- lived as slogan shouting members from the opposition Congress as well some from the AIADMK trooped into the Well.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) members sought an increase in the job quota in the state beyond 50 per cent.

The Lok Sabha proceedings were washed out for the fifth straight day as members of several parties including TDP and AIADMK, continued their protests over various issues.

Women empowerment is the need of the hour as well as a big challenge, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Thursday as she extended greetings on the International Women's Day. "This is sad", he said before adjourning the proceedings till the afternoon.

However, as the noisy protests continued, Mahajan adjourned the proceedings first till noon and thereafter for the entire day.

Veteran Congress leader Ambika Soni said a resolution should be passed by the House to support the legislation providing reservation to women in Parliament and assemblies.

Mr Naidu, who is also Vice President of India, is the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, while PJ Kurien of Congress is the Deputy Chairman.

"No one is allowing even me to speak in the house", the Speaker told the media here when asked about the opposition leaders' charge that they were not allowed to speak in the Lok Sabha.

AIADMK members were also seen holding placards of Dravidian movement founder Thanthai Periyar. There was no official bill listed in the business for the day.