A massive showdown was witnessed in the Lok Sabha on the first day of the monsoon session over the government’s decision to scrap the question hour in view of the coronavirus crisis.
The opposition cornered the government and said that the move is ant-democratic.
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the government is trying to stifle the voice of the opposition and strangulate democracy.
AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi urged the executive not to encroach into the territory of the legislature.
Defending the government’s move, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that in the last five years, 60% of the session in Lok Sabha and 30% in Rajya Sabha have been wasted over Question Hour.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also defended the government’s move and said that talks had been held with leaders of all parties on the matter.
He further added that a 30 minute long zero hour would be held where the opposition could put their questions to the government.
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