Diverse issues, including Andhra demand for special category status and banking scams, disrupted the proceedings in the Lok Sabha for the fifth day in a row on Friday. Repeated ruckus and slogan-shouting members storming into the well of the House forced Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the proceedings of the House twice. Protests in the Lok Sabha over the range of diverse issues continued disrupting the resumed Budget Session.
All the protesting members, including from the Telugu Desam Party, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kaghazam and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), trooped into the Well, raising anti-government slogans and displaying placards. AIADMK lawmakers demanded setting up of Cauvery Water Management Board while Telugu Desam Party members carried placards demanding Special Category status for Andhra Pradesh.
TRS members, donning pink stoles with the photograph of their chief K Chandrashekhar Rao, demanded an increase in the quota for Muslims in Telengana. Congress party members stood on their seats, displaying placards, demanding response from Government on the banking scams and the circumstances in which diamond merchant Nirav Modi was allegedly allowed to flee India.
Ms Mahajan adjourned the proceedings till 12 noon, without conducting Question Hour.
After the House reassembled at 12 noon, the protests on various continued in the House. Congress members also entered the well of the House and raised the issue of banking scams. A day after resigning from the Union Government as a Minister, TDP's Ashok Gajapathi Raju also entered the well of the House with his party members.
The repeated protests forced the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day, seven minutes after it re-assembled. Earlier, as soon as the House met for the day, the Speaker welcomed a Korean delegation in the House of the People and then read out the obituary references of three former members -- Shyama Singh, Bhanu Kumar Shastri and Pramod Panda. A few moments of silence was observed in their memory.
Ms Mahajan welcomed the parliamentary delegation from South Korea headed by Speaker of its National Assembly Chung Sye-kyun. The Speaker said the delegation arrived in New Delhi on March 8 and will also visit Agra. She conveyed greetings and best wishes to the visiting guests. The Speaker read out the obituary references and after that, pandemonium commenced.