Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourns the House as MPs gather near the well of Parliament over various issues in New Delhi on March 7

In the Lok Sabha, Telugu Desam Party, YSR Congress Party, the AIADMK, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Congress and Trinamool Congress members entered the well of the House to demand discussion on, or protest about, diverse issues.

The Lok Sabha could not take up Finance Bill 2018-19, Appropriation Bills and demands for grants with protests forcing a washout of the proceedings for the seventh consecutive day.

There was no let up in protests as the House met again at noon but the Speaker went ahead with the proceedings, including introduction of two bills by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, amid the din.

Last week, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha failed to transact any business.

"Mr Salim said the National Democratic Alliance government and its "estranged and potential" allies had created such a situation that discussions and debate were not taking place in Parliament on crucial issues, including price rise, farmers" distress, economic situation and allocations for the key ministries. The House was first adjourned until 2 pm, and later for the day. They will remain intact as per the Central government rules.

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He said "the government is agreeable to that and the Chair has also permitted", he said, adding "I don't find any reason for agitation".

MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy raised the issue of the alleged PNB scam by diamond czar Nirav Modi and asked Naidu to allow a discussion to be held in the house.

The Rajya Sabha also witnessed disruptions as the Opposition insisted on discussing the PNB scam issue under a rule that entails voting. "If my motion is not accepted, principle of natural justice will be denied", Roy said.

After both the houses were adjourned early on the day, Congress hit back at BJP. However, the members in the Well, including those from TDP and AIADMK, continued to raise slogans and displaying placards. "I don't agree with this.", he said before adjourning the proceedings for the day.

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