A worried Speaker reaches out

Upset over repeated disruptions and washout of proceedings, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday met leaders of all parties including Congress leader in the House Mallikarjun Kharge and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The Speaker has learnt to have conveyed to the leaders that the image of the Lower House has taken a hit, especially over MPs trooping into the Well of the House with placards. Sources said Ms. Mahajan conveyed to the parties that live images of MPs disrupting the proceedings have sent out a negative image. Ms. Mahajan has now decided to a convene a meeting of the Rules Committee, that she heads, to discuss this issue of MPs holding placards. An advisory body, the Rules Committee — with representatives from all the major parties — can suggest rules that can help in the smooth conduct of the House. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister along with his with two deputies, Vijay Goel and Arjun Ram Meghwal, are also in the Committee. For the seventh straight working day, proceedings were disrupted as the Congress and the AIADMK members started shouting slogans. While the Congress members demanded a JPC into the Rafale deal, the AIADMK members wanted the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Water Board. Key Bills pending The winter session that ends on January 8 next year is the last full session before the next Lok Sabha elections and the government is keen to push some of the key bills such as the triple talaq Bill before the end of this session. Though there will be a budget session around February next year, it will only be to pass the Vote On Account or an interim budget.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/a-worried-speaker-reaches-out/article25793645.ece

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