Deadlock continues: LS adjourned till noon over Andhra demand, PNB scam

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THE proceedings in the two Houses of Parliament were disrupted for the fourth straight day on Thursday, but both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were united in promising to strive for women's rights on the International Women's Day.

The Congress' decision to adopt a hardline in Parliament on the PNB bank scam involving Nirav Modi caught the NDA government unawares as the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha witnessed disruptions for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.

Several women members as well their male counterparts stressed on the importance of women empowerment and suggested steps in this direction.

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

"This is proving the public impression.Parliament is not conducting itself in a dignified manner", he quipped before adjourning the House till 2 pm.

The Rajya Sabha was first adjourned till 11.20 am after a new member, Hishey Lachungpa from Sikkim, was sworn in, and Chairman Venkaiah Naidu read out obituary references for former members Narsingh Narayn Pandey and Faguni Ram. Soon after the House resumed in the afternoon, some of the members started shouting slogans and rushed into the well.

"You are insulting yourself".

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But the agitating members did not relent.

"This was not expected from members". "I try my best", Mahajan said.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting that the government had accepted the Congress notice for discussion under Rule 193 but now it is "running away from debate".

"We are ready for a discussion".

When the Upper House reassembled at 1430 hours and took up the Private Members' Business, Pramod Tewari (Cong) tried to raise a point of order on the issue of the banking scam. The TRS MPs later continued their protest outside the House holding placards in support of their demand.

When senior Congress member Viplove Thakur who had demanded the inclusion of a woman in the presiding officer's panel yesterday, rose to thank him, Mr Naidu, in a lighter vein, said he wanted to nominate Mr Thakur, but she would have lost her voice in the panel.

There are many important issues, including banking fraud, which can be discussed only if the House functions properly, he added.

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