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Women empowerment need of the hour: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

AIADMK MPs stage protest outside the Parliament-PTI LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan urges all parties to find a solution to the continued House logjam
Jan Cook | 10 March, 2018, 02:11

As the listed questions could not be taken up, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned proceedings till 1200 hrs.As the House was adjourned, some Sena members were seen moving towards Speaker's chamber. "You are making Parliament a laughing stock in front of the people of the country", Naidu said before he adjourned the House twice during the day, finally till 2:00 PM. Later, the House paid tributes to former members Prabodh Panda, Shyama Singh and Bhanu Kumar Shastri who had died recently.

Members from AIADMK demanded setting up of Cauvery Water Management Board while Congress and Trinamool Congress MPs raised slogans demanding actions and satisfactory response from the government on the banking scams in which diamond merchant Nirav Modi was allegedly allowed to flee India.

Mr Raju, senior TDP leader who had quit as the civil aviation minister, was also seen standing in the Well with his party colleagues demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

As the din continued, Kurien adjourned the House.

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The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha witnessed one adjournment each before adjourning finally for the day as opposition stalled proceedings by trooping into the well amidst sloganeering.

The TDP and a Congress member demanded implementation of a special package for Andhra Pradesh to make up for the loss after a separate Telangana was carved out. They trooped near the Chairman's podium and started shouting. Earlier, the scenario was completely different as the House assembled at 11 AM and Naidu said the International Women's Day was being observed all over the World to celebrate the achievements of women as well as to renew the commitment to empowering them and ending gender biases.

But the agitating members did not relent.

The opposition continued to force adjournments of both Houses of Parliament for the third day on Wednesday over the Rs 12,600-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and other issues, even as a meeting of leaders of various parties with the Lok Sabha Speaker failed to find a solution to the impasse. He said it was time to enact the law and Thursday, being the International Women's Day, was the right occasion to do so. OBC Bill, Economic Offenders Bill 2018 and Triple Talaq Bill also remain the main focus of the government during this session.

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