LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ensures disruption-free parliament session

New Delhi: Lok Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday made a strong pitch for the smooth functioning of parliament session beginning on Monday. She held an all-party meeting to discuss ways to ensure disruption-free parliament, whose session will continue till May 13.

The speaker sought the cooperation of floor leaders of all parties to ensure a smooth transaction of business in the lower house even as differences remained on when and how to discuss the dismissal of Harish Rawat’s government in Uttarakhand and imposition of President’s Rule.

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“All parties have promised they will cooperate to ensure a fruitful and functional session,” Mahajan later told reporters.

The new session of parliament begins on April 25 since the budget session was prorogued last month to facilitate the promulgation of an ordinance to meet the financial requirements of Uttarakhand, where President’s Rule was imposed on March 27.

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Government sources said they were ready to discuss all issues in both houses of parliament, including drought and imposition of central rule in Uttarakhand, but with a rider.

Later, Mahajan too said: “The issue of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand is sub judice. I don’t think it can be discussed before April 27.”

The Supreme Court has stayed till April 27 — the next date of hearing — the Uttarakhand High Court order that set aside President’s Rule in the hill state.

“Normally, the budget session is split into two sessions. This time, it will be an entirely new session as both houses of parliament were prorogued to facilitate constitutional requirements of Uttarakhand,” said a parliamentary official.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Rajiv Pratap Rudy were among those who attended the meeting.

“All the parties brought up the issue of drought in various parts of the country,” Mahajan told reporters.