Telangana rocks Parliament: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day, RS adjourned till 2 p.m.
The issue of Telangana statehood continued to rock Parliament on Monday, forcing the Lok Sabha to adjourn for the day, while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m.
Earlier, both Houses were adjourned till noon, following an uproar over several issues.
As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, members opposing the division of Andhra Pradesh raised slogans demanding that Andhra Pradesh remain united.
Speaker Meira Kumar repeatedly appealed to the members to maintain calm to allow for the smooth conduct of the House. As noisy scenes continued, she adjourned the House till noon and later till tomorrow.
Similar scenes were witnessed in Rajya Sabha.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to all sections in Parliament to cooperate with the government in passing important legislations. "This is probably the last session of the parliament, and, this my sincere appeal to all sections of the House to contribute to creating the feeling and atmosphere thereby this session will go down in history as an historic session," Dr. Singh told media here.
"We have important pieces of legislation ready for approval by parliament and I sincerely hope that parliament will create an environment with all sections of the House can work together to pass these bills," he said.
"Well, I think, these are hiccups (Telangana), I hope all sections of the house will have wisdom to set aside prejudices and create an atmosphere conducive to the harmonious working of House," he added.
As many as 39 bills, including the Telangana bill and six anti-corruption legislations, will be taken up during the session.
The session, convened mainly for the passage of the Vote-on-Account and interim Railway Budget, will have 12 sittings between the 5th and the 21st of this month.
Crucial legislations like Communal Violence Bill, Disability Bill, Women's Reservation Bill and other bills passed by one of the two Houses are also listed for passage during the session.
(Posted on 10-02-2014)