Lok Sabha Speaker is like mother in House, say some LS members

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan conducts and controls the House "like a mother".

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan conducts and controls the House "like a mother".

This was the observation by some Lok Sabha members from various parties when they met her after the Winter Session was adjourned sine die.

Among those who met the Speaker, Saugata Roy and Kalyan Banerjee (both TMC), Rajendra Agrawal (BJP), Bhagwant Mann (AAP) said Mahajan "conducts and controls the House like a mother conducts and controls her home and children", official sources said.

They noted that she has been "tough in disciplining the members, as and when needed, but at the same time fair in allowing the members to raise issues without any bias".

The Speaker "also guides and encourages new and younger members to raise various issues and praises them when they successfully make a good point", the party leaders said.

During the Session, Mahajan consistently refused to suspend the Question Hour, ensuring lesser adjournments and upholding the sanctity of the segment.

According to Lok Sabha Secretariat, session had 22 sittings which lasted 129 hours and 27 minutes.

During the Session, while the time lost due to disruption was 3 hours and 28 minutes, the House sat for additional 17 hours and 30 minutes to compensate for time lost.

The average number of Starred Questions answered orally on daily basis was 4.68 (approximately 5) which is one of the highest average in recent past.

This is seen as a remarkable improvement over the previous sessions.

In the last session of the last Lok Sabha, time spent on transaction of business was 19 hours and 36 minutes and time lost due to disturbances was 90 hours and 16 minutes, according to Lok Sabha data.

In the just-concluded session, time spent on transaction of business was 129 hours and 27 minutes and time lost was 3 hours and 28 minutes.