Budget session of parliament resumes, TMC stages protest

Budget session of parliament resumes, TMC stages protest

The first day of the second leg of Parliament Budget Session 2018 on Monday ended with adjournment in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha amidst Opposition protests on the $2 billion Nirav Modi scam of public-sector Punjab National Bank. Earlier, Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon after a protest by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) over "Special Category Status" to Andhra Pradesh. Amid the din, Kurien adjourned the House for the day.

The second half of the Budget Session of Parliament will commence today with the government seeking to push its legislative agenda, including the bill for the confiscation of properties of fugitives, and the Opposition likely to target it on a range of issues including the multi-crore bank frauds.

BJP members felicitated Prime minister Narendra Modi and the BJP National President Amit Shah for party's success in recently held assembly elections in three northeastern states. With folded hands he greeted the members.

As the BJP and its allies captured power in the three North Eastern states, numerous BJP MPs were seen wearing Assamese "gamosa".

Holding placards, Congress members trooped into the well, raising the banking scam.

The BJP has claimed that the PNB scam had started during the UPA rule and its government has acted swiftly after the fraud came out in the open.

The Congress demanded a reply from the Prime Minister on the whereabouts of diamond trader Nirav Modi, one of the alleged kingpins of the '12,700 crore fraud involving PNB.

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The K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party members demanded an increase in the reservation quota in Telangana.

So far, the Opposition has not worked out any strategy to corner the government.

The TMC MPs were seen protesting against the Modi government over the bank scams that unfolded in recent times. TDP members raised the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh.

The issue of Karti Chidambaram's arrest in the INX Media case is also a shot in the arm for the government ahead of the session.

However, noisy protests continued amid Mr Kurien's remarks that "you are all agitated on separate issues". Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien asked the agitating members to return to their seats but they kept shouting slogans.

"During a meeting of the Congress" highest decision-making body -the steering committee - the party had chose to attack the Modi government inside and outside the Parliament in a big way by raising the PNB scam.

The House was soon adjourned for the day.

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