[<<(Ghulam Nabi Azad:) “Let the discussion take place today (Wednesday) and
tomorrow (Thursday) and extend the session by two days to pass the bills.
We are ready to sit extra days. Pass the bills but do not skip the issues
agitating minds of the people.”>>
(Ref.: <
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/parliament-stalemate-opposition-parties-meet-press-for-discussing-urgent-issues/story-spCfYOPmQ9bfEEoMVdWf8N.html
>.)

<<(Mallikarjun Kharge:) They (the BJP) have got a loud mouth… They are
number one liars and are trying to hide their own mistakes. They do not
want the Opposition to speak and expose their misdeeds: banking scam,
Rafale deal, farmer issues and the government’s role in dilution of the
SC/ST Act — because they want to concentrate on the Karnataka election.
That’s why they are encouraging NDA partners to disrupt the house. First,
it was their own partners TDP, YSRCP which is nearer to them, and friendly
parties like AIADMK, which were disrupting. Show me anytime when our people
went to the well and disrupted in the last few days… We met the Speaker
several times to allow us to speak… The House is disrupted by only 15-20
people. Who is encouraging them? The government is encouraging them.>>
(Ref.:<
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/mallikarjun-kharge-parliament-jogjam-rajya-sabha-lok-sabha-sumitra-mahajan-congress-bjp-ananth-kumar-5125557/
>.)

<<The final day of the budget session ended on Friday in with the Rajya
Sabha as well as the Lok Sabha being adjourned indefinitely by the
respective Speakers. Both the Houses of the Parliament saw multiple
adjournments in recent days as they were adjourned for the 21st consecutive
day without any business having being conducted. The Houses have rocked by
protests by the Opposition and BJP on issues such as demanding special
status for Andhra Pradesh, Cauvery water dispute and banking scam.
While the AIADMK and the DMK have been demanding the setting up of a
Cauvery water board, TDP and YSR Congress MPs have been demanding  special
status to Andhra Pradesh. Five MPs of YSR Congress the latter even
announced that they will resign on Friday from Lok Sabha to protest the NDA
government’s ‘failure’ in the matter.>>
(Ref.: <
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/parliament-budget-session-live-updates-rajya-sabha-lok-sabha-adjournment-naidu-tdp-ysr-andhra-pradesh-cauvery-protest-5125844/
>.)

《Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, furious at being accused by Union Minister
Ananth Kumar of disrupting parliament, accused him of "lying" and said it
was the government that was guilty of the logjam.
"I think it's shameful that the parliamentary affairs minister can speak
such lies on the floor of the house," Sonia Gandhi told NDTV after bitter
sparring in the Lok Sabha, which was adjourned well before time.》
(Excerpted from sl. no. II. below.)]

I/II.
https://scroll.in/latest/874720/budget-session-least-productive-since-2000

Budget Session of Parliament the least productive in 18 years, says
legislative research agency
The Lok Sabha functioned for 4% of its scheduled time in the second part of
the session, and the Rajya Sabha for 9%.
Budget Session of Parliament the least productive in 18 years, says
legislative research agency

The Budget Session of Parliament was the least productive in the last 18
years, a legislative research agency has said. Parliament was adjourned
indefinitely on Friday, the last day of the session, after weeks of uproar
in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha led to repeated washouts.

The agency, PRS Legislative Research, said that the first part of the
Budget Session comprised seven sittings, and the second part 23 sittings.
During the entire session, the Lok Sabha worked for 21% of its scheduled
time, and the Rajya Sabha for 27%.

However, in the first part of the session, the Lower House had worked for
89% of its scheduled time, and the Upper House for 96%. This dramatically
fell to 4% for the Lok Sabha in the second part of the Budget Session, and
9% for the Rajya Sabha.

The agency said that the Finance Bill – which was not discussed in the Lok
Sabha – was passed within 18 minutes, the lowest time taken to pass it
since 2000.

Expenditure relating to grants for several ministries, amounting to 28% of
total government expenditure, was also not discussed in Parliament. PRS
Legislative Research said such “guillotining” of expenditure happened in
2004-’05 and 2013-’14 as well.

The agency added that Question Hour functioned for 11% of its scheduled
time in the Lok Sabha, and 3% in the Rajya Sabha. Only 4% of the starred
questions were answered orally in the Lower House, while it was worse in
the Upper House at just 1%.

The second half of the Budget Session has seen persistent protests by
Opposition parties and repeated adjournments since it began on March 5.
Telugu Desam Party MPs have protested over special category status for
Andhra Pradesh, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MPs over
constitution of the Cauvery Management Board, and the Congress has taken on
the government over the Supreme Court verdict on the Scheduled Castes and
Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

No-confidence motions filed against the government in the Lok Sabha were
not taken up due to the disruptions.

II.
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/such-lies-from-minister-sonia-gandhi-to-ndtv-after-row-in-parliament-1833212

"Such Lies From Minister": Sonia Gandhi To NDTV After Row In Parliament
Ananth Kumar, the parliamentary affairs minister, had accused the
opposition Congress of not allowing parliament to function and had
repeatedly named Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, the Congress
president, while doing so.

All India | Reported by Sunil Prabhu, Edited by Abhishek Chakraborty |
Updated: April 05, 2018 17:25 IST

'Such Lies From Minister': Sonia Gandhi To NDTV After Row In Parliament
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Parliamentary Affiars Minister Ananth Kumar accused Sonia Gandhi for
disruption of Parliament proceedings

NEW DELHI:  Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, furious at being accused by Union
Minister Ananth Kumar of disrupting parliament, accused him of "lying" and
said it was the government that was guilty of the logjam.

"I think it's shameful that the parliamentary affairs minister can speak
such lies on the floor of the house," Sonia Gandhi told NDTV after bitter
sparring in the Lok Sabha, which was adjourned well before time.

Ananth Kumar, the parliamentary affairs minister, had accused the
opposition Congress of not allowing parliament to function and had
repeatedly named Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, the Congress
president, while doing so.

"Congress has always been sitting patiently and requesting a discussion.
It's the government and its allies that have not been allowing parliament
to function," she said to NDTV.

The Budget Session of parliament was a lost cause with multiple disruptions
and adjournments. The two houses didn't function properly for 23 days.

Yesterday, Ananth Kumar announced that lawmakers of the BJP-led ruling
coalition would not take their salaries and allowances, voluntary giving up
their earnings amid a long-running debate on a "no work, no pay" rule for
MPs.

The move was seen as an attempt to blame the opposition for the disruptions
as those parties had moved a no-confidence motion against the government.

Ananth Kumar said:  "Congress is not letting the house run and just into
drama outside at the (Mahatma) Gandhi statue."

He said the government was ready to discuss all issues but the opposition
was simply not cooperating.

The opposition, however, has says parties such as the AIADMK, which are
known to be friendly to the ruling BJP, blocked all business in house to
ensure that the no-trust motion proposed by opposition parties was not
taken up.

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