Parliament impasse continued on Wednesday as protests led to the adjournment of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha till Thursday. The Lok Sabha was initially adjourned till noon, but soon after adjourned for the day, following uproar in the House.
Legislators of the Telugu Desam Party trooped into the Well of the Upper House demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh. The Lok Sabha, too, witnessed similar scenes as opposition MPs were heard chanting, “We want justice.”
Congress MP Pratap Singh Banwa gave a notice in the Rajya Sabha for a short discussion on the death of 39 Indians in Iraq. In the Lok Sabha, Bihar MP Pappu Yadav gave a notice to the secretary-general of the House asking for an urgent discussion on the matter of granting special status to the state of Bihar.
Both Houses have faced repeated adjournments so far in the second half of the Budget Session. On Monday and Tuesday too, the Lok Sabha was adjourned as the Telugu Desam Party MPs protested demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, while those from All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam protested against the delay in the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board.
The no-confidence motion moved by the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress against the Narendra Modi government has not yet been brought up for discussion this week.
Andhra Pradesh’s demand for the special category status has been at the centre of the political storm that has dominated Parliament in the second half of the Budget Session so far. The no-trust motions by the two state parties are among the very few highlights of the session, which has otherwise faced adjournments day after day.