NEW DELHI: When Parliament meets again after the two-day break as a mark of respect for former President A P J Abdul Kalam, two questions would need reply-- Whether the House will sit an extra day to honour Kalam’s wishes of not hampering regular work to mourn him? Secondly, should the House continue to run amid the din?
It is to seek answer to these queries that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has called an all-party meeting on Thursday afternoon.
Sources said the discussion will centre on recurrent disruptions to the House proceedings as also whether there was any point in continuing the session amid the disruption. “A call will also be taken on whether the House can sit for an extra day,’’ Mahajan’s Office said, adding, it cannot afford another day of disruption.
The all-party meeting would be held on Thursday afternoon in Parliament library building, officials at the Lok Sabha Secretariat confirmed.
As for the Speaker’s decision to convene an all-party meeting mid-session, it comes in the wake of a showdown in Parliament between the Opposition, chiefly led by the Congress, and the ruling BJP.
An upset Speaker suspended a Congress MP, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, on Monday for a day for protesting with placards in an unruly manner near her podium, even banging on her table.