Members demand special status for A.P., temple ordinance
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned in the first half of proceedings for the second day in a row on Thursday following protests by various parties over different issues.
Soon after the Rajya Sabha paid respects to those killed in the 2001 Parliament attack, members of the AIADMK and the DMK gathered in the well, shouting slogans demanding justice for Cauvery delta farmers. Some members from Andhra Pradesh also came to the well, demanding special status for the State. Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu requested the members to allow the House to function. He said discussions on all the issues, including the Cauvery, would be allowed. However, as the protests continued, he adjourned the House till Friday. Similar protests caused adjournments on Wednesday. In the Lok Sabha, protests by Opposition members, and even by the NDA ally Shiv Sena that demanded an ordinance for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, stalled the proceedings. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House twice during the question hour and then for the day during the zero hour when only two members got a chance to speak.
TDP member Venkateshwara Rao used a mike installed in the well for a new member to take oath to prop up a poster seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, too, tried to talk him out. Ms. Mahajan warned him that he would be named.
Congress member Sunil Jakhar was seen wearing a neon-reflective vest while standing in the well, similar to the ‘yellow vest’ protest against French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris over rising fuel prices. As the protests continued, Ms. Mahajan asked the members to allow the House to function, but in vain. The House was then adjourned for the day.