Finance Bill to be taken up in Lok Sabha at noon


Sources in the party said the decision came after repeated attempts to reach out failed to assuage the opposition, protesting, among other things, against the alleged Rs 12,700 crore PNB swindle involving diamantaire Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi.

"Parliamentary democracy is not in the genes of the Congress party", Kumar said, accusing the party of going back on its word after agreeing to a short-duration discussion on the PNB scam. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha has been postponed till 2 PM amid protest.

Even as Parliament remained paralysed for the seventh consecutive day on Tuesday since it started second phase of the budget session on March 5, the government dropped first hint of winding up the session early, maybe this week itself, instead of the scheduled closure on April 6.

"Mr Salim said the National Democratic Alliance government and its "estranged and potential" allies had created such a situation that discussions and debate were not taking place in Parliament on crucial issues, including price rise, farmers" distress, economic situation and allocations for the key ministries.

As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from various parties, including the Congress, AIADMK, TDP and TRS trooped into the Well raising slogans and holding placards.

The BJP is likely to use its brute majority to push the finance bill through the Lok Sabha as opposition protests have washed out house proceedings for seven straight days. The Opposition has an upper hand in the Rajya Sabha. Naidu then adjourned the House.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has rejected the opposition's demand for a discussion under rules which allow suspension of all listed business or entail voting (Rules 267 and 168). "It appears that even the Budget will be passed without any discussion, ' he said".

The breakdown in relations between the government and the opposition seems to have worsened compared with previous sessions of Parliament, partly because of happenings post the Tripura results, resulting in vandalism of statues in different parts of the country.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley outside Parliament on Wednesday.