Speaker takes tough stance against disruption in Lok Sabha

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2015 02:44 IST
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Key opposition parties, including the Congress, on Thursday boycotted the NDA government’s first invite for talks to break the deadlock in Parliament’s monsoon session. (PTI Photo)

Amid growing acrimony between the treasury and opposition benches in the Lok Sabha, speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday sought to take a tough stance against disruptions. Mahajan refused to adjourn the proceedings despite opposition MPs shouting slogans against the government.

In one of the rare instances, the chair allowed the question hour and the zero hour, ignoring slogan-shouting MPs who were waving placards. She adjourned the House without allowing Mallikarjun Kharge to speak after home minister Rajnath Singh’s statement on Gurdaspur terror attack.

When Kharge’s point of order was not heeded to, he threw the rule book on his table in a clear expression of displeasure with the chair’s ruling. After she adjourned the House for lunch, opposition MPs were also seen expressing unhappiness at the decision.

This is not the first time that Congress MPs have expressed displeasure at not getting an opportunity to speak in the lower House.

Accompanied by senior MPs of the party, Kharge said on July 27 that Congress members were not allowed to speak on the Gurdaspur attack while others got the opportunity. The same day, the speaker had named Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for banging a placard on her table and suspended him for a day.

Congress had also attacked the speaker in the budget session when she allowed food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal to make a statement on the controversy about scrapping of food processing park in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi’s constituency.

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