trs: How TRS MPs belied speaker Om Birla’s hopes of smooth Lok Sabha proceedings

 

NEW DELHI: It appeared that the Lok Sabha would start functioning smoothly from Tuesday afternoon. However, the vocal protests by about half-a-dozen Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MPs put paid to speaker Om Birla’s hopes and hard work.
As on Monday, the Lok Sabha started on a noisy note on the second consecutive day of Parliament’s winter session.
When the Lower House met for Question Hour, MPs of the opposition parties started shouting slogans on various issues, ranging from demand for discussion on the repeal of farm laws to the suspension of 12 colleagues of the Rajya Sabha for the whole session.
Speaker Om Birla repeatedly requested the opposition MPs to go back to their seats and allow the House to function smoothly. He told them that they would get an opportunity and sufficient time to put forth their issue.
However, with no respite in sight, the speaker adjourned the House till 2 pm. The same scene was witnessed when the House convened at 2 pm. It was adjourned again to meet at 3 pm.
In between, something happened that kindled hopes of smooth proceedings from then on.
According to sources, Om Birla invited the leaders of opposition parties to his chamber. The 10 parties which were represented by their floor leaders included the Congress, DMK, TMC, NCP, YSRCP, TRS, BJD, TDP, RSP and BSP.
The sources said the MPs of opposition parties who remained present in the meeting were leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, deputy leader of Congress in the House Gaurav Gogoi, leader of DMK in the House TR Baalu, TMC’s Saugata Roy and Kalyan Banerjee, leader of NCP in the House Supriya Sule, leader of YSRCP in the House PV Midhun Reddy, leader of TRS in the House Nama Nageswar, leader of BJD in the House Pinaki Misra, another BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty, Jayadev Galla of TDP, RSP’s lone MP from Kollam in Kerala NK Premchandran and leader of BSP in the House Ritesh Pandey.
These opposition leaders agreed to a smooth functioning of the Lok Sabha’s proceedings from 3 pm onwards.
Jubilant at the outcome of the meeting the speaker had with the opposition leaders, the sources told TOI: “Om Birla’s efforts have borne fruit. The deadlock in the House has broken. The House will now function without any hindrance. The decision was taken at an all party meeting convened by the speaker. The opposition will contribute towards smooth and efficient functioning of the House.”
The House convened at 3 pm. Birla gave Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury a chance to present his views on behalf of the Congress which had also been protesting till then. He said the opposition should get a fair opportunity to present their views.
However, just then the TRS MPs started shouting slogans. The five-six MPs even reached the well of the House, shouting slogans and wearing placards.
The slogans read: “Declare national food grain procurement policy”, “No injustice to growing states” and “Don’t punish farmers”. The TRS MPs have been protesting from the first day of the current session.
Till then the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2021 had been introduced in the House.
The speaker asked the protesting TRS MPs to go back to their seats and told their floor leader Nama Nageswara to present his case. He accused the Centre of maintaining double standards with respect to procurement of paddy. “The Centre says one thing in Delhi and something other to the states. The government should announce a uniform procurement policy for the country,” he said.
He was echoing Telangana chief minister and TRS supremo K Chandrashekar Rao’s (KCR) views. In a meeting of the TRS parliamentary party in Hyderabad on November 28, KCR had asked the Centre to come out with a uniform national food grain procurement policy for the entire nation.
After hearing Nama Nageswar, the speaker wished to move ahead with the House proceedings. But the TRS MPs resumed slogan shouting.
Birla was forced to adjourn the House till 11 am on Wednesday, belying his hopes of a smooth functioning of the Lok Sabha.

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