Let dissent be within norms, Speaker tells LS members

Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has written to all Lok Sabha MPs stating that “divergence of opinion and dissent” should be within established norms and protecting the dignity of Parliament is a “collective responsibility.”

Ms. Mahajan’s letter to members asking for cooperation for smooth functioning of Parliament comes after a washout of the last session (Budget session) over issues such as the Opposition’s insistence on bringing a No Confidence Motion (NCM) and an adjournment motion on the banking scams.

The monsoon session begins next Wednesday (July 18) and the government is keen to push through key legislation like granting Constitutional status to the OBC panel, the triple talaq and the transgender Bills.

Sources say BJP chief Amit Shah, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal and senior leader Bhupendra Yadav met with Arun Jaitley, who is the Leader of the Rajya Sabha, to discuss government business for the monsoon session. Expressing concern over frequent disruptions, Ms. Mahajan said the 16th Lok Sabha has entered into its final year.

“Time is limited but there are several items of work still unfinished. We know that time will be available mainly during the monsoon and winter session for discussion and transacting legislative business,” she said in her letter.

She also questioned the practice of Opposition parties citing precedents of disruptions by other parties to justify disruptions.

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