While leaders of various parties Monday gave an assurance to Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari that they would try not to disturb proceedings during Question Hour,he said Zero Hour will be there everyday to let them raise issues of public interest.
The meeting had been called to devise a way to facilitate smooth conduct of business in the House. Those present at the meeting convened by Vice-President Ansari included Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley,his deputy Ravi Shankar Prasad,CPM leader Sitaram Yechury,Brajesh Pathak (BSP),V Maitreyan (AIADMK),Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena),Kanimozhi (DMK),Naresh Gujral (SAD) and Y S Chowdary (Telugu Desam).
Sources said a new system will be adopted on an experimental basis till the remaining period of the Monsoon session. If it did not work,another all-party meeting will be convened. The meeting did not accept a proposal to shift Question Hour from 11 am to 12 noon.
Affirming the keenness of the Opposition to keep Question Hour afloat,Jaitley said this could ensure ministers come to Parliament after doing their home work. Jaitley told Ansari that it is a political House and therefore,people should not be stopped from raising issues. The meeting resolved that Zero Hour would run daily and not every other day. Yechury made it clear his party had no objection if the Chairman wanted to shift question hour to 12 noon.
Raut felt the Chair did not take note of parties like Shiv Sena,Akali Dal,AIADMK and the TDP,which had greater presence in the Lok Sabha than the Rajya Sabha. Their representatives were generally overlooked,he complained.