New Delhi: Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the 19th consecutive day on Tuesday due to protests by AIADMK members seeking early constitution of the Cauvery water management board.
The ruckus saw the first adjournment of House proceedings within four minutes after it assembled to take up the day’s business and then for the day at noon after listed papers were laid and home minister Rajnath Singh made a statement on yesterday’s bandh called to protest “dilution” of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Even before the House re-assembled at noon, AIADMK members, carrying placards trooped into the Well of the House shouting slogans such as ‘we want justice’ and ‘we demand Cauvery board’.
Citing assembly polls in Karnataka, the Centre had last week sought more time from the Supreme Court to set up the Cauvery water management board to implement water sharing formula among Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
Congress, NCP, Left, TDP and RJD members were standing at their seats seeking the Speaker’s ruling on notices they had given on the no-confidence motion, moved by some of them.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appealed to AIADMK members to return to their seats, saying she cannot take up notices on the no-confidence motion unless the House is in order.
“I am duty bound to place the no-confidence motion. I am sorry. Please go to your seats. I have to do a head count. I have not been able to take up notices on the no-confidence motion,” she said.
Congress Chief Whip JyotiradityaScindia said the opposition wanted a discussion on the no-confidence motion and 50 members were ready for it.
“We also want to discus the dilution of the SC/ST Act,” he said.
At this, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready for a discussion and give reply to the no-confidence motion.
“We want discussion. For the last 15 days we have been saying we want discussion. It is the Congress which is preventing the discussion. The Congress is trying to stall democracy, which is not acceptable. We are ready for discussion,” he said.
Even though opposition members went back to their seats to bring order in the House, slogan-shouting AIADMK members continued their protests in the Well.
As the pandemonium continued, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.