Hyderabad: For the sixth consecutive day, the Lok Sabha witnessed bedlam and proceedings were adjourned for the day on Monday as members of different political parties, including Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), continued with their protests over various issues. The first week of the second part of the Budget session, which began on March 5, has been a virtual washout so far.
Yet again, members from the TRS, TDP and AIADMK stormed the Well of the House raising slogans and holding placards in support of their demands during Question Hour. Soon after the session began, TRS members made it clear that unless the Centre agrees to their demands and amends Article 16 (4) of the Indian Constitution, they will not relent even as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan requested them to return to their seats.
With the Congress MPs also rising on their feet resulting in pandemonium, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till noon. Though the session resumed in the afternoon, it did not last for long as the Speaker adjourned it till Tuesday. The TRS Lok Sabha members continued their protests outside the Parliament and demanded for hike in reservation quota more than 50 per cent by amending Article 16 (4) of the Constitution.
In support of his party MPs protesting outside the Parliament building, IT Minister KT Rama Rao wondered when One Nation-One Tax and One Nation-One Election were logical, then why was the Centre not announcing a One Nation-One Reservation policy. He demanded to know why the NDA government which was not making its stand clear on reservations was allowing implementation of different reservations in different States.
“When Constitution can uphold 69 per cent reservations in Tamil Nadu and 52 per cent in Maharashtra, why not the same logic for us in Telangana?” he tweeted.
The MPs said they will continue the protests until the Centre implements either uniform reservation policy or make amendments to the Indian Constitution to increase reservation quota.