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Parties have assured cooperation for smooth functioning of Lok Sabha: Sumitra Mahajan

Addressing the media after the meeting, Mahajan said, "All parties have assured their cooperation in smooth functioning of the house. Members from various parties have suggested that there should be debate on farmers' issues."

January 30, 2019 / 08:49 PM IST
Sumitra Mahajan, an Indian parliamentarian and a leader of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), drinks water after she rushed out of the parliament in New Delhi February 13, 2014. India's parliament erupted in mayhem on Thursday when a legislator fired pepper spray in the lower house in protest against a bill on a new state. Television footage showed pictures of lawmakers coughing, sneezing and holding scarves to their faces. Shouting protesters also broke a glass table and snapped the wire of an official's microphone. A few legislators were rushed away in an ambulance while others were given first aid treatment in the assembly. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS) - GM1EA2D1H8002

Sumitra Mahajan, an Indian parliamentarian and a leader of India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), drinks water after she rushed out of the parliament in New Delhi February 13, 2014. India's parliament erupted in mayhem on Thursday when a legislator fired pepper spray in the lower house in protest against a bill on a new state. Television footage showed pictures of lawmakers coughing, sneezing and holding scarves to their faces. Shouting protesters also broke a glass table and snapped the wire of an official's microphone. A few legislators were rushed away in an ambulance while others were given first aid treatment in the assembly. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS) - GM1EA2D1H8002

On the eve of Budget session, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday said all parties have assured their cooperation in smooth functioning of the house and urged the members to raise issues of national importance. Mahajan on Wednesday chaired an all-party meeting, which was attended by leaders of various parties.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Mahajan said, "All parties have assured their cooperation in smooth functioning of the house. Members from various parties have suggested that there should be debate on farmers' issues."

Talking about the Budget session being the last sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha, Mahajan suggested that members make it a fruitful session by raising issues of national importance.

In total, there will be 10 sittings of the house in this session, Mahajan said adding she will try to ensure that maximum business is transacted.

When asked about the Budget, the Speaker said it is up to the government if it wants to bring an interim budget or vote-on-account.

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The all-party meeting was attended by Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and both Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel and Arjun Ram Meghwal.

Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, RJD's Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav, SP's Dharmendra Yadav and BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab were among those present.
PTI
first published: Jan 30, 2019 08:30 pm

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