Unrelenting TRS MPs stall LS for 2nd day

They also stage protest at statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside Parliament

By Author  |  Published: 6th Mar 2018  8:12 pm

Hyderabad: Legislative business in Lok Sabha was disrupted for the second consecutive day on Tuesday with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) members continuing with their demand for amendments to the Ninth Schedule of Indian Constitution to facilitate a hike in reservation quota. As the TRS members were joined by their colleagues from other Opposition parties with their own demands, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was forced to adjourn the House till Wednesday.

Earlier, the TRS MPs staged a protest at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside Parliament. They demanded that the amendments to the Ninth Schedule be brought in the ongoing Parliamentary session itself.

Soon after the House met, members of various opposition parties including TRS rushed to the Well of the House holding placards and shouted slogans in support of the demands. While TRS MPs demanded for a hike in reservations quota, TDP and YSR Congress members from AP sought special category status for AP. Congress and TMC leaders demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi respond on the banking fraud.

The Speaker took up Question Hour, but she adjourned the proceedings till 12 noon as members from different political parties swarmed the Well and surrounded her podium. With the House continuing to witness disruptive scenes, she adjourned the House till Wednesday.

Speaking to mediapersons, TRS MPs B Vinod and K Kavitha found fault with the Central government’s policy on increasing reservations quota. Vinod pointed out that nearly 10 months had passed since Telangana Legislative Assembly passed a resolution for hike in reservations, but the Union government was not ready to take a decision on the issue. With slogans like ‘One country, one policy’, the MPs said they were determined to continue their protests until the Centre considers their just demands.