Parliament lasted only 97 minutes in 5 days, 50 crores of the country’s treasury in the politics of the opposition

Parliament could not function even on the fifth day due to the deadlock over the speech of industrialist Gautam Adani and Rahul Gandhi. Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have now been adjourned for Monday i.e. 20 March. Congress MPs staged a sit-in with the Gandhi statue in the Parliament House complex after Parliament was adjourned and raised slogans against the government.

Congress says that the Modi government is not allowing the House to run and wants to divert people’s attention from the Adani case. BJP is insisting on apologizing to Rahul Gandhi in the House. The second phase of the budget session started on March 13, but due to the uproar, the proceedings of the House could not be completed even for a day. There are 35 bills pending in this phase of Parliament.

The Trinamool Congress has targeted the government on the uproar by the MPs of the ruling party. Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien wrote that for the last 5 days the people of the ruling party are not allowing the Parliament to function. The government is on a mission to turn both the Houses into irrelevant and dark chambers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

This is the first time after 2008, when the proceedings of the Parliament have to be postponed due to the uproar by the ruling parties. In 2008, the left parties involved in power created a lot of uproar regarding the nuclear deal with America. Later the government had to get a vote of confidence in the house. The SP had saved the Manmohan Singh government at that time by giving support from outside.

What did the speaker say about the uproar in the House?
Before adjourning the proceedings on Friday, Om Birla appealed to all the members to allow the House to function. He said let all of you run the house. As soon as the proceedings of the House pick up pace, we will give everyone a chance to speak. 

Meanwhile, Congress MPs came to the Well raising the slogan ‘Rahul ko bolne do’, after which BJP MPs also started raising slogans of ‘Rahul Shame-Shame’. In view of the ruckus in the House, the Lok Sabha speaker muted the proceedings. 

The speaker appealed again and said that you people should not raise slogans in the Parliament. Let the work happen here. The whole country is watching you, but the ruckus continues. Thereafter the proceedings were adjourned for the next day.

Lok Sabha could run only for 42 minutes in 5 days
From March 13 to March 17, the proceedings of Lok Sabha could run only for 42 minutes. According to the researched data from Lok Sabha TV, on March 13, 9 minutes, on March 14, 4 minutes, on March 15, 4 minutes, on March 16, 3.30 minutes and on March 17, only about 22 minutes, the proceedings of the house have been done. < /p>

During this time, neither any bill could be discussed in the House nor the work of Question Hour and Zero Hour was done. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary, leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party in the Lok Sabha, in a letter to the speaker, alleged that the ministers of the government are creating ruckus in the house and I am not being allowed to speak.

Rajya Sabha’s record is not good but functioning
In the last 5 days, the proceedings of Rajya Sabha lasted for 55 minutes. If the proceedings are seen on a daily basis, then on an average 11 minutes. On March 13, the proceedings of the Parliament lasted for a maximum of 21 minutes. During this, both Leader of the House Piyush Goyal and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge kept their points.

Kharge appeared to be taunting Prime Minister Modi over the Oscar award received for the song Natu-Natu, but an uproar started in the House regarding the demand of the JPC. Piyush Goyal started talking about apologizing to Rahul Gandhi, due to which the leader of the opposition came to the bail. Seeing the uproar, the Chairman adjourned the proceedings.

What is the work of the Parliament in India?
The basic work of the Parliament is to make a bill. Parliament also works to control the executive. Article 75(3) of the constitution states that the cabinet and the government will be responsible to the parliament. If no party has a majority in the Lok Sabha, then the government cannot be formed.

In India, the Parliament has the right to impeach the President, the Vice President as well as the judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court. Apart from this, work related to finance can also be done in the Parliament.

How much does it cost for one day to run the House?
The proceedings of the Parliament usually last for 5 days in a week. There is a tradition of running the proceedings of the Parliament every day for 7 hours. In 2018, there was a report regarding the expenditure of the proceedings of the Parliament. However, now it has been 5 years since this report and inflation has also increased as compared to 2018. 

According to this report, the cost of one hour in the Parliament is Rs 1.5 crore. If added on a day-by-day basis, this expenditure increases to more than Rs 10 crore. The cost of one minute of proceedings in Parliament is Rs 2.5 lakh.

During the proceedings of the Parliament, the maximum expenses are incurred on the salary of the MPs, the facilities and allowances provided to the MPs during the session, the salary of the Secretariat staff and the Parliament Secretariat. According to reports, Rs 1.60 lakh is spent every minute on these items.

The issue of expenditure arises, yet the situation has not changed
This is not the first time, when the issue is being raised regarding the expenditure incurred in the proceedings of the Parliament. This issue has been raised many times in the past as well, but there is no change in the proceedings. 

In December, the winter session of Parliament was also marred by ruckus. Opposition parties created ruckus in the House after the American newspaper New York Times reported on Pegasus. 

The situation has become such that the government got many bills passed by the house without discussion. In view of the ruckus of the opposition, the session was ended 7 days before the time. The 2022 monsoon session was also adjourned due to the uproar.

In the monsoon session, both the houses worked for 26.8 hours instead of 120 hours. During this, the government was able to pass only 2 bills, while the government had announced to present 32 bills. 

On whom is the responsibility of running the Parliament the most?

1. Chairman of Rajya Sabha – The responsibility of running the Rajya Sabha rests with the Chairman. There are 26 bills pending in the Rajya Sabha. Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar had also called an all-party meeting before the start of the session. 

In the all-party meeting, after talks with all the parties, it was said that the House should run smoothly, but for the last 5 days, the proceedings of the House have not been able to run properly.

2. Speaker of the Lok Sabha- In the Constitution, the responsibility of operating the Lok Sabha has been given to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Om Birla is currently the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. He has also been accused of turning off the mikes of opposition MPs. Birla had also warned the opposition MPs after the uproar in the Well of the house. 

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi met him on Thursday and demanded that he be allowed to speak in the House. The Congress says that the people of the government are trying to suppress the opposition in the Lok Sabha. To divert the issues, the ministers of the government are not allowing the house to function.

3. Parliamentary Affairs Minister- Parliamentary Affairs Minister has an important role in running the house smoothly by coordinating between the government and the opposition. Together with the speaker, the minister of parliamentary affairs also does the work of quick redressal of the issues of the opposition.

The responsibility of presenting the side of the government in the House is also on the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs. He is called the troubleshooter of the government in the house. Presently Prahlad Joshi is the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.

4. Leader of the Opposition- The leader of the MPs of the largest opposition party in the House is called the Leader of the Opposition. Presently there is only Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. The work of the Leader of the Opposition is to raise the issues of the opposition strongly in the House as well as to protect its MPs.

After the all-party meeting, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge had said that he would cooperate with the government to run the House, but as soon as Rahul Gandhi’s name surfaced, a ruckus started in the Rajya Sabha. Currently 18 parties are with the Leader of the Opposition.

35 bills pending, trying to pass
The second phase of the budget session will start from 13 March till 6 April. However, till now the last 8 seasons have been ended prematurely. In such a situation, it is believed that this session can also be terminated prematurely.

There are 35 bills pending in this phase of the budget session, which the government has said to pass. 26 bills are pending in Rajya Sabha and 9 bills are pending in Lok Sabha. Several reports claimed that the government may introduce the Data Protection Bill in the Lok Sabha in this session.

These Bills include Assam Legislative Council Bill 2013, Building and Other Construction Workers Related Laws Bill 2013, 79th Amendment Bill 1992, Delhi Rent Bill 1997, Delhi Rent Bill 2013, Employment Exchange Amendment Bill 2013, Indian Medicine and Homeopathy Pharmacy Bill 2005, Inter -State Workers Bill is the key. 

Apart from this, some other bills including Seed Bill 2004, Arbitration Bill 2021, Rajasthan Legislative Council Bill 2013, Registration Bill 2013, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Bill 2008, Eviction Bill 2014 of unauthorized occupants are also pending. All these bills have to be passed by the Rajya Sabha. 

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