Describing the women elected to Parliament and state Assemblies “empowered and capable”, Sumitra Mahajan said they should set an example to their community and pave the way for making other women empowered.
When asked if she would stand for election in 2019, Sumitra Mahajan said she was working with full vigour to serve people and working more than an ordinary MP.
“The freedom fighters then had said ‘Bharat Chhodo’ (Quit India). Now, we require a ‘Bharat Jodo’ (Unite India) movement,” she said addressing the Lok Sabha on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement.
Orders asking people in government offices to sing the national song once a month, school and colleges twice a week and directing movie theaters to play the national anthem before every show do evoke this analogy. The nation should not beg, plead or demand patriotism; it has to come from within.
Mallikarjun Kharge targeted Anurag Thakur, demanding that the BJP MP too be suspended “for filming” proceedings of the House. He added that while the Congress members were suspended, Thakur was pardoned and urged the Speaker to apply the same “yardstick” for all members.
The protests blocked the government from pushing through a key bill amidst the bedlam. Although the government managed to get the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017, passed in the midst of chaos in the afternoon, it could not proceed with the debate on the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
It’s true that an important purpose of the Lok Sabha is to ensure the government’s accountability. But the rule of law should be supreme. Many precious hours have been wasted as a result of disruptions. The speaker, who is responsible for maintaining order, discharged her responsibilities well.
“The Speaker takes such a decision after the government exerts pressure. We respect the Speaker and there is no charge of partiality,” Mallikarjun Kharge said
In suspending Congress MPs, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan went by the book. She should reconsider the punishment
“I am sad and deeply hurt … and unable to understand why this happened, as I did not prevent them from raising any issue. I told them they can raise the issues they want but only after hte Question Hour,” Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said.
“Sad with what happened. Question Hour should never be disrupted. Had told Kharge Ji, I will allow him to speak after Question Hour,” Sumitra Mahajan said
“She met Kovindji at 10, Akbar Road bungalow and greeted him. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes,” a senior official of the Lok Sabha Secretariat said, adding, she was given a warm welcome by him. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.
All stakeholders need to work collectively and decisively to counter the continued and increased threat of terrorism, she said while addressing the Lower House of the Russian legislature.
Speaking at a function, Sumitra Mahajan also supported statements asking journalists to report news in national interest.
“India can never develop without first developing the northeast,” she said.