Budget Session: Both houses adjourned for the day after ruckus over PNB bank fraud, Andhra issue

Parliament, File Photo

Delhi, March 5: Both the houses, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have been adjourned for the full day followed by a protest on several issues including  PNB scam and demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh

Earlier, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon after Trinamool Congress and Left party MPs started shouting slogans in protest against the alleged bank fraud amounting to over Rs 12,600 crore by jewelry designer Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi who have fled the country.

Rajya Sabha 

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m. on Monday amid ruckus by the opposition.

As soon as the House met for the day, opposition MPs advanced to the Chair’s podium, shouting slogans against the government over the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs too came near the podium, displaying banners and placards demanding special central aid to Andhra Pradesh.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu first adjourned the House for 10 minutes, but as soon as it reconvened at 11.20 a.m., the scene was no different.

Naidu asked the agitating members to retrun to their seats, saying all the matters raised by them would be discussed under appropriate rules. However, the MPs refused to relent.

Naidu then adjourned the House till 2 pm.

Earlier, a host of opposition leaders including Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad, Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agarwal and Trinamool Congress’ Sukhendu Shekhar Roy had given notice to discuss the PNB scam under Rule 267 by suspending all the listed business for the day.

From the BJP side, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe had given 267 notice to discuss about relatives of former Union Ministers found indulged in scams.

The Chair rejected both sides’ notices and asked them to raise the issues under other relevant rules.



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