Question Hour `almost dead`, laments Speaker

Exasperated by frequent disruptions during Question Hour, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar lamented that it was becoming "almost dead".

Updated: Mar 09, 2011, 13:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Exasperated by frequent disruptions
during Question Hour, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday
lamented that it was becoming "almost dead".

A visibly disappointed Kumar made the observation when SP
members created uproar for the third consecutive day during
the Question Hour.

She disapproved of the action of SP members to storm the
Well despite one of their colleagues being allowed to raise an
issue concerning the arrest of Akhilesh Yadav, MP from Kannauj
and chief of the party`s Uttar Pradesh unit.

"You cannot disrupt the Question Hour in this fashion. You
cannot destroy the sanctity of the Question Hour. Just go back
to your seats," an angry Speaker told some SP members, who had
been storming the Well during Question Hour since Monday.

"The Question Hour is almost dead, there is need to
rejuvenate it," she said.

Earlier, Shailendra Kumar (SP) referred to the arrest of
Akhilesh Yadav at the Lucknow airport by the UP police today
when he was on his way to lead an agitation against the
Mayawati government.

The SP members stormed the Well after voicing their
concerns as the Speaker continued with the Question Hour amid
slogan shouting.

As this went on for a while, Minister of State in the PMO
V Narayanasamy, Sanjay Nirupam (Cong) and Raghuvansh Prasad
Singh (RJD) went to the SP members and requested them to go
back to their seats.

Some angry words from the Speaker later saw the SP
members resuming their seats.

The Speaker said all the members had the protection of the
Chair and if the member still had concerns, the same may be
raised with her later.

The observation by the Speaker came a day after Rajya
Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari shifted the timing of the Question
Hour from 11 am to 2 pm in view of frequent disruptions the
moment the Upper House met for the day.