Lok Sabha functions today without protests for first time in winter session

New Delhi: Lok Sabha for the first time in the winter session saw no protests by opposition parties in the Well during the Question Hour today.

Protests in the Well with sloganeering and display of placards by members of various parties were a common scene in this session which led to frequent adjournments and suspension of 49 MPs belonging to the AIADMK, the TDP, and an ‘unattached’ YSR Congress member.

The AIADMK staged protests over construction of a dam over river Cauvery by Karnataka and the TDP lodged protests demanding special state status to Andhra Pradesh. Congress members too disrupted proceedings on several occasions, demanding a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the Rafale aircraft deal.

The Winter session of Lok Sabha, which began on 11 December, is slated to conclude later in the day.

Govt introduces quota bill 
The Government on today introduced a Bill in Lok Sabha for 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for the economically backward section in the general category. The Bill, approved by the Union Cabinet on Monday, was brought in on the last day of the Winter Session of Lok Sabha. Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot introduced the Bill in the House amid protests by Samajwadi Party.

NT Bureau