There was high drama in Lok Sabha on Thursday as Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge indirectly hinted that Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was working under “government pressure” with the ruling party members protesting in full force against the remark.
“I am not saying that you (the Speaker) are working under their (the government) pressure,” Kharge said, while seeking the Speaker’s protection from the government’s attempt to curb the opposition voice with its “brute majority”.
This came after the Speaker did not adjourn the house despite the united opposition being in the well of the house for about an hour shouting slogans to demand that PM Narendra Modi to make a statement on the derogatory remarks of minister of state for food processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.“The Prime Minister is the leader of all and he can control or direct his ministers,” Kharge said.
Mahajan, said Kharge’s charges were “not true”. “I am going by the rules of the house. There is no pressure on the chair. But, you should also remember that I have to also look at what 400 members want. They want the ministers to answer questions and I want to request you (the opposition) to allow that to happen,” she said.
Her reply came after an hour long drama where the BJP women MPs, accusing the opposition of targeting a woman leader, shouted back at the opposition and the entire opposition stood up when Kharge hinted that the Speaker was working under the government pressure.
To restore order, PM Modi is expected to speak in the lower House after the opposition boycotted the proceedings for entire day when Speaker Mahajan refused to accept the opposition’s demand.