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Parliament remained dysfunctional for the second day on Friday over the issues of FDI and reservations for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in promotions.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned once before it was adjourned for the day a little after 12 noon. The Rajya Sabha witnessed two adjournments before it was adjourned till Monday.
Members of the Trinamool Congress came into the well shouting slogans against introduction of FDI soon after PM Manmohan Singh introduced two members of his council of ministers.
BJP members stood up and raised slogan "FDI vapas lo", while Left members did the same parked in the aisle. The TMC members, led by party whip Kalyan Banerjee, held afloat copies of a magazine. Left members were seen waving copies of a booklet, which was seen on the desks of many other Opposition MPs.
As Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon, Kalyan Banerjee had an argument with JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav. "Aap deejiye Congress ka saath," an agitated Banerjee was overheard shouting in response to some suggestion from Yadav.
The next time round, Francisco Sardinha, who was in the chair, carried through the paper-laying and adjourned the House within five minutes after it had had met as TMC, BJP and Left parties resumed their protests.
In the Rajya Sabha, BSP chief Mayawati was on her feet on the issue of quota in promotions the moment proceedings began. Other BSP members, led by Brajesh Pathak, trooped in to the well chanting "Aarakshan vidheyak pehle lao." Soon, SP members also shouted slogans. Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari adjourned the House till noon. There was a replay of the action when the House met again with E M S Natchiappan in the Chair. He adjourned the House till 2.30 pm after reports were laid on the table. When the House met for the third time, SP and BSP members were again in the well. BJP members shouted slogans over FDI. Natchiappan adjourned the House after 10 minutes.
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