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Parliament adjourned sine die, brings end to Budget session

PTI | New Delhi |

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday, bringing to an end the Budget session that was marked by continuous disruptions that saw 120 working hours being wasted.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressed anguish and pain over disruptions and also display of placards, flags and slogan shouting by various political parties.

Naidu said 120 hours were wasted due to disruptions during the Budget session, which started on January 29.

Proceedings of the second part of the Budget session in the House, after it reassembled on March 5, were practically washed out due to disruptions, except for passage of a bill related to payment of gratuity and farewell to retiring members.

Before adjourning the House sine die, Naidu said it was beyond his comprehension why the House did not debate important issues despite the Chair’s approval for debates and asked members to introspect.

Earlier, The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday morning bringing an end to the Budget session — half of which was completely washed out in disruptions.

As the House met, AIADMK MPs protested near the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s podium demanding the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board.

Mahajan asked the MPs to return to their seats so that the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against the government can be taken up, but the protests continued.

The Speaker then adjourned the House sine die.

(with inputs from IANS also)