The ruling combine, despite not having a simple majority, has managed to win crucial votes several times over in the past in the Upper House. This time around, BJP leaders have claimed the support of 140 members for Mr. Harivansh. The RJD’s Manoj Jha, an erudite member in the Opposition, is the joint candidate of 12 parties for the post. There was confusion within the Opposition ranks on whether this contest was worth it. Several of their senior members are likely to skip the session, considering the risk of COVID-19 infection. The BSP, which has remained a reluctant Opposition party, is unlikely to be different this time. The BJP has taken its overwhelming parliamentary majority as a justification for disregarding not only the Opposition but also parliamentary conventions. Its refusal to engage the Opposition in electing a Deputy Speaker is further eroding the common ground that India sorely requires to deal with the multitude of its current challenges. The BJP’s … [Read more...] about The second chair: On Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker
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A fragmented opposition also helped the ruling party's cause. Indian National Lok Dal has been in a disarray ever since the party split last year. The former chief minister O P Chautala-led party received its worst drubbing ever in the Lok Sabha polls, with its vote share plunging to 1.89 per cent from 24.4 per cent in previous polls. … [Read more...] about With Lok Sabha win, Manohar Lal Khattar cements position ahead of Assembly election
With the Rajya Sabha poised to elect the Deputy Chairman, the Congress renewed its campaign seeking the Deputy Speaker’s position in the Lok Sabha. Congress’s floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, in a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, urged him to adhere to the constitutional mandate. … [Read more...] about Congress renews campaign, seeks Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker post
O’Brien attacked the government for the delay in the appointment. “What does one say when a government with a comfortable majority has managed to do something which hasn’t been done since 1952 – take 450 days to elect a Deputy Speaker? That is six months more than what has ever been taken,” he wrote in his blog. … [Read more...] about Pick Lok Sabha deputy speaker, says Opposition
These days Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the minister of state for minority affairs, is vocal, more so than necessary. For the last four days, Naqvi has been on his feet in the House and screams so much that his voice has gone hoarse. He has a smirk on his face when he takes on the Congress for reasons frivolous or serious. The issue that has seized the House of Elders concerns his ministry. Today, he is wearing a suit with a woollen stole. These days most MPs wear stoles to Parliament, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. … [Read more...] about Battleground Rajya Sabha!
Meanwhile, as tests are underway among parliament officials, senior officials added that about 50 House officials have been tested positive for Covid. “They have been sent into isolation and their offices are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. We are not taking any risk,” said a senior official. … [Read more...] about Several senior leaders may skip monsoon session due to Covid-19