Speaker Sumitra Mahajan convenes all-party meet to discuss better functioning of Lok Sabha

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

New Delhi, July 29: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has convened an all-party meeting on Thursday to discuss better functioning of the Lok Sabha, proceedings of which have been virtually washed out in the Monsoon Session of Parleiment so far.

According to sources in Parliament, the meeting was not to “break the deadlock” in the House as it is the duty of the government and not that of the presiding officer. The meeting comes close on the heels of Congress members showing placards in the house despite being warned not to do so.

On Monday, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had climbed the podium of the Speaker’s dais and banged a placard on it.

Upset over it, the Speaker had asked him to leave the House and named him in a statement for “disregarding the authority of the chair”.

The Speaker had on the second day of the Session warned of disciplinary action against the members who were indulging in disorderly conduct over the Lalit Modi controversy.

The Speaker said: “In the event of disorderly conduct, I would be constrained to initiate appropriate disciplinary action against erring members,” after Congress and Left members stormed the Well carrying placards to protest over the Lalit Modi issue.

Mahajan had said she has always provided “adequate” opportunity to all sections of the House to raise matters of topical interest and hoped that all the members would adhere to the set norms of etiquette and standards of behaviour.

Congress members are protesting over alleged blackout of the opposition protests by Lok Sabha Television.

Congress MP Suresh Kodikunnil had said: “We have been monitoring LSTV ever since the Monsoon Session started. There is a complete blackout of our protests. This never happened in the past.”

The party also complained that Lok Sabha TV broadcast only shows the Speaker and does not focus on protests by opposition members.

Since the session began on July 21, there has hardly been any work except on one day when the Speaker went ahead with the Question Hour and Zero Hour amid din by the Opposition members.

The House will be meeting tomorrow after a two day break following the demise of former president A P J Abdul Kalam who passed away in Shillong on July 27.

Parliament on Tuesday paid glowing tributes to former President A P J Abdul Kalam, hailing him as India’s “true son” and “real gem” whose contributions will be deeply cherished by the grateful nation.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day soon after convening and paying tributes to Kalam and the two Houses have no sitting also as a mark of respect to him and to enable the MPs to participate in his last rites in Tamil Nadu.

(With Agency Inputs)

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