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Self-discipline expected from people’s representatives: Lok Sabha Speaker on disruptions

Amid continuous disruption of proceedings in the Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Friday that self-discipline is expected from representatives of people and asserted it is the responsibility of all to ensure that the House functions.

Mahajan chaired the Lok Sabha’s Rules Committee on Friday which deliberated upon smooth functioning of the house.

The Rules Committee acts as an advisory body to her for framing and amending rules for regulating and conducting the business in the Lok Sabha.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mahajan said that she is trying to make sure that the House functions smoothly with cooperation of all parties.

“All Parliamentarians have come here after getting the mandate from the people. They are representatives of the people. It’s everybody’s responsibility to ensure that the House functions,” she said.

Asked if there is any need to initiate disciplinary action against the members who disrupt the House, Mahajan said that it was not required in these times.

“There is a need for self- discipline,” she said.

Referring to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s remarks that his party is ready to discuss the Triple Talaq Bill on December 27, the Lok Sabha Speaker said,”I believe that on 27th, the House will function smoothly.”

The Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the seventh consecutive working day on Thursday amid sparring between members of various parties and a ruckus being created by various leaders.

On Friday too, the Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted as AIADMK, TDP and Congress members protested over various issues, with the Speaker adjourning the House for the day.

Lok Sabha sources said that Mahajan told the leaders in Thursday’s meeting that the image of the House is taking a hit and it is being seen as a place where only ruckus happens, where nothing can be asked or listened.

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