Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday hoped that parliamentarians will “take a conscious decision to ensure less disruptions” as she adjourned the house sine die at the end of winter session of parliament that began on November 26.

In her remarks before adjourning the house, the Speaker urged the members to ensure that there was maximum discussion and legislative work and minimum disruption.

“I hope that in the new year we will take a conscious decision to ensure less disruptions and more debates in the house while using all available parliamentary instruments to forcefully register our dissent and disagreement, if any,” she said.

“It is my fond hope that in the coming sessions, there would be no disruption and we would all work better resulting in fruitful discussions and constructive deliberations,” she added.

The Lok Sabha lost a total of 8 hours and 37 minutes due to interruptions followed by forced adjournments. The house later sat for 17 hours and 10 minutes to compensate for the time lost.

Earlier in the day, the Speaker assured Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge that she will expunge two words from her remarks made on Tuesday about members raising slogans near the Speaker’s podium.

Kharge said that the remarks were about the Congress party and had caused hurt.

The Speaker said that the protesting members should also think that others can also feel hurt. Mahajan said she did not name any party.

“The way house was being disturbed, it should be reflected upon,” she said.

The Congress members continued to raise slogans against the government during the question hour. They later staged a walk out.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the Congress members had not allowed the question hour to run properly for the past many days.

He said members had a right to protest and stage a walk out, but they had been raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said Modi was being praised all over the world and was “the most powerful leader in the world now”.

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