Time allotted to Oppn in No-Confidence debate inadequate: Congress

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: File photo of Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and others at Parliament  house, Delhi. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: File photo of Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and others at Parliament house, Delhi.
Photo – PTI

Right before the start of debate on Motion of No-Confidence against the government, leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge questioned the allocation of time to Opposition parties as unfair and inadequate given the nature of debate.

Questioning the allocation further, he said the discussion cannot be treated as Question Hour.

“The 32 minutes allotted to his party is grossly inadequate,” Kharge said. A few minutes to each speaker is not enough to raise the host of issues, including those affecting farmers, women and Dalits, he added.

Some parties have been allotted 25 minutes and some just 15 minutes, Kharge pointed out.

“….there is a problem of farmers, Dalit issues, women issues. Can these issues be explained in one minute. You need at least half an hour for each speaker. The biggest party is being allotted 32 minutes by the speaker and they say the allotment is as per rules,” Kharge told reporters outside Parliament.

Congress has been allocated 38 minutes. Other opposition parties such as the AIADMK, Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal, Telangana Rashtra Samithi have been allocated 29 minutes, 27 minutes, 15 minutes and nine minutes respectively.

The BJP has been given 3 hours and 33 minutes. Prime Minister will reply to the debate where he is expected to take on the Opposition and their claims of unity in the ranks.

The speaker, he said, can bring an amendment in rules for allotment of more time.

“The debate on the no-confidence motion cannot be treated as Question Hour. Even small bills are allotted six-seven hours,” the Congress leader said.

The Congress and other parties have indicated that they are keen to utilise the debate to attack the government on a range of of issues, including farm distress, slow economic growth and the rising incidents of lynching.

(With inputs from PTI)