Meeting called by Speaker fails to end Parliament logjam; government indicates all-party meet
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan exhorted all political parties to try and solve problems and not disrupt Parliament.
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan exhorted all political parties to try and solve problems and not disrupt Parliament.
“Let us try to solve the problems and not disrupt the House in a wrong way,” Mahajan said, adding, “We have a rule book, we come to Parliament after taking oath of Constitution, one must abide by established rules.”
At the same time she lamented, “The way people are coming to the well holding placards, it's not as per established behavioural standards to be followed in Parliament,” as per ANI.
"I am always optimistic. It is a positive beginning," the Speaker she said when asked if such protests would stop now.
The Speaker was speaking after an all-party meeting convened by her, which incidentally failed to break the Parliamentary deadlock.
However, the government indicated it was ready convene an all-party meeting in a bid to end the logjam.
The indication came after the Opposition threw the ball in the government's court saying it was for it to take initiative and the logjam would continue till then.
Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government will have to take the initiative.
“They haven’t taken initiative, they don’t want to run House smoothly or tackle the problems,” he said.
Taking a swipe at the ruling BJP leaders, Kharge said the Opposition was "following the traditions" set up by the likes of LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley who had termed disruptions of Parliament "a legitimate tactic" to pressure the government when the saffron party was in the Opposition.
And TMC leader Sudip Bandhyopadhyay charged the government with harbouring a "very undemocratic" attitude.
"The role and performance of the government is very democratic in nature. Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not opened his mouth," Bandhyopadhyay said initiating the opposition attack, as per PTI.
Amidst latest development, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh indicated that the government was open to calling an all-party meet to break the impasse.
Both the Houses of Parliament have not been able to function since Monsoon Session began on July 21 with main Opposition Congress and a few other parties aggressively raking up the demand for resignation of BJP leaders including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Swaraj has been under-fire over her alleged help to tainted former IPL chief Lalit Modi in getting travel documents to fly out of Britain.
They have also been gunning for Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over her links with Lalit Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, over the Vyapam scam.
(With Agency inputs)