Lok Sabha mix-up leaves visiting Pakistan MPs upset

The delegates could not meet the Speaker due to a scheduling mix-up, Rajya Sabha MP Mani Shankar Aiyar, who had arranged their meeting, said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 13, 2014 1:36:59 am
Members of the visiting Pakistani parliamentary delegation at Parliament House. (Express photo by Anil Sharma) Members of the visiting Pakistani parliamentary delegation at Parliament House. (Express photo by Anil Sharma)

Some visiting parliamentarians from Pakistan were left unhappy owing to lack of coordination in the Lok Sabha on Friday, because of which they were unable to meet Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

The delegates could not meet the Speaker due to a scheduling mix-up, Rajya Sabha MP Mani Shankar Aiyar, who had arranged their meeting, said.

While Pakistan parliamentarian and chairman of the foreign affairs standing committee Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari, who is leading the delegation, said it was “irrelevant” that the the meeting did not take place, some Pakistan MPs were learnt to be upset about it.

The Speaker, meanwhile, maintained that even though she waited for them for 10 minutes, the delegates did not show up at 1 pm. Official sources said there was no meeting scheduled, but the Speaker left the House before 1 pm so she could meet the delegates after she was told about their desire to call on her.

The delegation was also unhappy that there was no mention of them being in attendance during the Lok Sabha proceedings. On this issue, official sources said that such a reference is made when a dignitary is seated in the special box.

M Venkaiah Naidu responded, “They did not approach me… They did not have the courtesy of informing the Parliamentary Affairs Minister. What can I do?”

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