Parliament adjourned after disruptions, again

Members of Parliament from two southern states stalled proceedings of the Rajya Sabha for the second day in row as Andhra Pradesh members staged protests with placards and their Tamil counterparts tore up official documents.

The disorderly and uproarious scenes seen in the Upper House raised questions on the efficacy of Chairman Hamid Ansari’s method of “naming and shaming” members in the House bulletin in order to end  frequent disruptions and logjams in conducting business of the House.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day at noon and Rajya Sabha till 2 pm after two earlier adjournments during Question Hour.

Within minutes of reassembling in the post-lunch session, the Upper House was adjourned as the din continued.

In the Lok Sabha, Textile minister K S Rao rose to express solidarity with other MPs from Andhra Pradesh in protest against the move to carve out the Telangana

Minister of State for Finance J D Seelam, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandeswari and Minister of State for Railways Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy also joined him in protest.

The ruckus in both Houses, however, did not deter the chairman from introducing three bills — two in the Rajya Sabha and one in the Lok Sabha—as members of several parties trooped into the Well raising slogans on their respective demands.

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