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Parliament deadlock continues as Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day
Last Updated : 22 Mar 2018 01:19:07 PM IST
Parliament deadlock continues as Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day


The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day shortly after the House met on Thursday amid an unending Parliament deadlock on the 14th consecutive day of the second half of the budget session.

However, the government managed to pass a key legislation that empowers it to fix the period of maternity leave and the tax-free gratuity amount of employees with an executive order.

The bill was passed by voice vote amid a din by opposition parties including the Congress, AIADMK and TDP who were protesting over their various demands.

Soon after the House met, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu greeted the members and the country on World Water Day and urged all to protect the eco-system and support the conservation of water for the future generations.

Naidu sought the cooperation of the members for the passage of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill moved by Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 15 amid a ruckus.

Soon after the bill was passed, members belonging to the AIADMK, the TDP and the Congress gathered near the Chairman's podium and began shouting slogans.

Naidu urged them to return to their seats but they did not relent. Amid the din, he adjourned the House for the day.

The Congress, the Trinamool and some other opposition members have been protesting against the banking fraud allegedly committed by absconding jeweller Nirav Modi and his associates, while the TDP and the YSR Congress have been demonstrating for special status to Andhra Pradesh.

The AIADMK has been demanding the setting up of a board for the management of the disputed Cauvery river water.

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Thursday, amid protests as opposition members trooped near the Speaker's podium, raising slogans and displaying placards.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan first adjourned the House till 12 p.m., minutes after the House met for the day.

Members from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the AIADMK trooped near the Speaker's podium as soon as the House assembled.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready to debate all issues including the no-confidence motion.

"I again appeal to you to go to your place and let the House run. We are ready for debate on any issues... On banking irregularities and also the no-confidence motion. If the House runs, all issues can be discussed," Kumar said.

Speaker Mahajan said she could not take up the motion amid protests as she was not able to count the 50 members.

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