Speaker calls All-party meet; Parl to resume Thursday

RSTV Bureau
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File photo of the protest inside Lok Sabha during the current monsoon session. Photo – PTI

In a bid to resolve an ongoing impasse between the Opposition and the Treasury, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has convened an all-party meeting on Thursday. Extremely less business has been transacted in both the houses during the current Monsoon session of the Parliament thus far. The session which began on July 21 is an important one for the BJP-led NDA government, who is hoping to get some of its legislations through.

An unrelenting opposition firm on demanding resignation of senior BJP leaders facing allegations in recent controversies and government’s insistence on “no resignation” line has led to the current stalemate.

The opposition, and in particular the Congress party, has been aggressively seeking an ouster of Union Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje over Lalit Modi controversy, while Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is facing heat over the massive ‘Vyapam’ scam. The session so far has witnessed a protest against the Modi government inside the lower house with members of Opposition marching in the Well. Even the members of ruling BJP had raised the protest in the house over allegations against the Congress party ruled state governments.

Lok-Sabha-Speaker-MahajanSpeaker Sumitra Mahajan had even warned some members of disciplinary action against them, but even that has not resulted into ending the standoff between the two sides.

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

The Speaker also reiterated that she has always “provided adequate” opportunity to all sections of the House to raise matters of topical interest”.

But with the protest giving no signs of coming down and several adjournments through the day meant little or no business. On one occasion last week, protest by both the Opposition and the government members forced the Speaker to adjourn the house for the whole day just four minutes after it had started.

The House will be meeting on Thursday after it was adjourned post the obituary reference following the demise of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam who passed away in Shillong on Monday.

(With inputs from the PTI)