Decision to extend the Lok Sabha by three days, opposition protesting that they were not consulted
Angered over the government not consulting the Opposition before extending the sitting of the Lok Sabha for three days till 13 May, an aggressive Opposition stormed the Well forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the House twice.
As soon as the House met for the day, the Opposition pointed to the decision to extend the Lok Sabha by three days, protesting that they were not consulted.
Raising slogans like tanashahi nahin chalegi (authoritarianism will not be tolerated) and Modi Sarkar jawab do (Modi Government explain), members from the Congress, Left and the Trinamul Congress rushed to the Well.
Citing rules, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded the intervention of the Speaker. As per the original schedule, the Lok Sabha was to adjourn today. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs had yesterday decided to extend the session by three more days.
Noting that the government should know its priorities and accordingly set dates, he said information about the extension came late on Thursday. “You (the Speaker) do not know. We do not know. The government announces (the dates) in the media,” Kharge said.
As the slogans and counter-slogans continued, the Speaker adjourned the House for 15 minutes at 11.15 a m when the Question Hour was underway. Her repeated pleas to members to listen to the minister in charge of Ayush, Sripad Naik, on naturopathy went unheeded.
After the House resumed at 11.30 am, Opposition members were on their feet again seeking to know whether the House has been extended and around 20 of them trooped into the Well. In between, two questions were taken up but as the ruckus continued, the House was again adjourned till noon.
Opposition members were heard shouting slogans like Modi sarkar hosh me aao (Modi Government, come to your senses).