Raise special status issue in Parliament

Javier Stokes
March 15, 2018

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien, who was in the Chair, tried to take up a calling attention motion on strategic storage of crude oil and petroleum products in the country and asked Chunibhai Kanjibhai Gohel of BJP to initiate the discussion.

Unrelenting members from TDP stormed the Well carrying placards demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh while the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam demanded setting up of Cauvery water management board. An anguished Kurien said "This is not fair".

Soon after the listed papers were laid, several MPs trooped into the Well shouting slogans.

He then adjourned the House till 2 PM.

For the sixth consecutive day, both Houses of Parliament failed to transact any substantive business, with regional parties disrupting proceedings over various issues.

When the House met at 11 am, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu appealed to members to allow the proceedings, but adjourned the proceedings the moment members from parties of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, TMC and Congress were on their feet. "However, we are getting nothing much from the special assistance measures", Naidu said in the assembly.

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Congress - the main opposition party - had earlier moved a notice in the Rajya Sabha under rule 168 seeking a discussion on the billion dollars Punjab National Bank fraud case.

"The main aim of the policy is to achieve 42 lakh tonne marine exports, which support the government revenues to the tune of Rs 80,000 crore by 2020", Mr. Naidu said.

Seven days have been lost in Opposition protests, he said.

He said the delay in the implementation of the promise made by the Centre is making the people furious.

The facilities, needed to make Visakhapatnam into an aqua hub, are in the process of being developed by the Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA) and the Andhra Pradesh State Government. "So, you should raise all our issues and discuss them on the floor of the House", Naidu said. "Please desist from displaying banners and placards in the House", he said. "Let us put an end to this.it is my earnest appeal". He, however, conceded that YSRCP's constant pressure and demand for SCS did force his party to also do the same, but was confident that the TDP will manage to come out of the situation in the coming future. This has happened during the passing of a resolution on the fulfillment of all the promises made during the bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

Moving the resolution, emotional Naidu was in tears while recalling the humiliation, insult meted out to him by the Prime Minister and his government.

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