Second part of Budget Session commences

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Minutes after Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan read obituaries, the opposition members walked into the Well of the House to protest over PNB fraud and other issues. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha saw noisy protests by MPs from the opposition parties as the Congress and the Trinamool Congress protested over the bank fraud by Nirav Modi.

Since the Congress and the Left are the most vocal parties against the government, the Opposition attack on the BJP could become subdued after the election debacle. Meanwhile, the business advisory committee has allocated four hours each to discuss budgetary proposals of farmers and agriculture, roads and highways, youth affairs and sports and social justice.

The second half of the Budget Session of Parliament will commence today with the government seeking to push its legislative agenda, including the bill for the confiscation of properties of fugitives, and the Opposition likely to target it on a range of issues including the multi-crore bank frauds. The businessman, however, fled India just few days before the PNB scam came to light.

TDP members protested in the Well demanding special package for Andhra Pradesh while those from the TRS sought increase in reservation quota in Telangana.

The ruling BJP, buoyed by its impressive performance in three state polls, and the opposition, armed with the issue of banking scam, are likely to lock horns over a number of contentious matters in Parliament which reconvenes on Monday.

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"During a meeting of the Congress" highest decision-making body -the steering committee - the party had chose to attack the Modi government inside and outside the Parliament in a big way by raising the PNB scam. "The banking sector is in a deep crisis and its credibility is under stake", he told PTI.

The BJP also moved an adjournment motion notice to debate "reports of corrupt practices indulged in by relatives of former ministers under tacit protection by ministers", after the arrest last week of Congress leader P. Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram.

He then adjourned the House till 2 pm.

The Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments of proceedings in the morning session on Monday as Opposition parties protested over the PNB scam, constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board and special status to be granted to Andhra Pradesh.

When the House met for the day, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu mentioned the death of Pandey on January 8 at the age of 88 and that of Ram on February 25 at the age of 73.

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