Parlt adjourned sine die after the least productive budget session since 2000

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Apr 2018 09:43:44




THE washed out second leg of Parliament’s budget Session ended on Friday as both Houses were adjourned sine die, capping a month of relentless disruptions and stated to be the least productive since 2000 with nearly 250 working hours being wasted. As a blame game erupted between the BJP and the Congress over the Opposition protests that paralysed both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, the rival parties announced protest fasts by their MPs and workers next week.

An anguished Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the Budget session was “eminently forgettable”. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) recommended prorogation of the Budget Session of Parliament to President Ram Nath Kovind. The Lok Sabha was also unable to take up multiple Opposition notices for no-confidence motion against the Modi Government with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying there is no order in the House which witnessed protests by various parties.

Mahajan said the members should keep in mind the larger interests of the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House. The last day of the session was also marred by protests by AIADMK and Congress members over setting up of the Cauvery river management board as well as by TDP members demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. Mahajan also said she wanted to take up the notices for no-confidence motion. “I am sorry... If you don’t want to take up (notices for no-confidence motion),” she said and proceeded to read out a brief summary of the Budget session and its second leg before adjourning sine die.

In the Rajya Sabha, Naidu even wondered if the fears of those who doubted the need for a Second Chamber during the debates in the Constituent Assembly were coming true. “Let us not be a party to this House becoming a ‘clog (impediment) in the wheel of progress’”. “I am pained to note that it (the session) turned out to be an eminently forgettable one on account of utter disregard of the mandate of this important parliamentary institution and its responsibilities and missed opportunities,” he said.