Oppn blasts government for passing Finance Bill without debate

Lok Sabha protests

The Opposition MPs in the day protested with the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while claiming that the government is violating the parliamentary practice by making attempts to get the Finance Bills passed through guillotine.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley moved the Finance Bill, which consists of taxation proposals of the Budget, and the Appropriation Bill, which details the spending for each department, and had them passed through a voice vote in a House where the ruling alliance has absolute majority.

Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had requested the Chair to take up the Finance Bill and Appropriation Bills immediately after Question Hour.

The opposition leaders wrote the letter after an item putting to vote in the House the Outstanding Demands for Grants in respect of the Union Budget 2018-19 appeared in the revised list of day's business. In a span of a little over 30 minutes, the entire crucial second and third leg of the budgetary process was completed by the lower house amidst din and protests from the Opposition Members of Parliament.

Since 5 March when the session was started, the opposition has been obstructing in the functions of the parliament raising a range of issues from the biggest bank fraudulent pertaining to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi to the division of Cauvery water and special package to Aandhra Pradesh.

According to a report in Economic Times, major Opposition parties had urged Mahajan before Wednesday's proceedings to prevent the government from using the guillotine to push through the Appropriation Bill and the Finance Bill. They will be considered approved by the House if it does not return to them within 14 days.

The opposition has been demanding a discussion under adjournment motion on the Rs 12,600-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam and other frauds in various public sector banks. The Lower House was adjourned for the day immediately thereafter. "This is our duty to let it work and the government has been doing everything to ensure that it happens", he said.

Reading the obituary reference, Naidu said Samy, who represented Puducherry in the Upper House from July 1977 to July 1983, died on February 2 at the age of 83 years.

A similar situation was witnessed in the Lok Sabha as well. The Congress is anti-democratic.

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