Telangana, Tamil fishermens' plight in Sri Lanka force Lok Sabha to adjourn for the day, Rajya Sabha till 2 p.m.
The issue of Telangana statehood continued to mar proceedings in Parliament for the second consecutive day on Thursday, forcing the Lok Sabha to adjourn for the day, while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 p.m.
Earlier, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned till noon, following an uproar over several issues, including Telangana and the plight of Tamil fishermen.
As soon as the Lok Sabha met for the day, several anti-Telangana members trooped into the Well of the House holding placards and shouting slogans like 'Save Andhra'.
They were joined by members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), who demanded justice for Tamil fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan jails.
Speaker Meira Kumar repeatedly appealed to the members to maintain calm to allow for the smooth conduct of the House. As her pleas went unheeded, she had to adjourn proceedings till Friday.
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 06-02-2014)