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Govt Surrenders on Opposition’s Demand of Question Hour


After the opposition’s continuous attack on the government over the suspension of the Question Hour in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, now it has been allowed to be asked for 30 minutes. Earlier, there was talk of suspension of Question Hour in the upcoming Parliament session. During question hour, there is a session of one-hour in both the houses of the Parliament which questions are being asked about various cabinets. But this time the question hour was suspended in view of the corona virus infection. The opposition has rallied after the suspension of the Question Hour. The protest had begun.

On Thursday the suspension of the Question Hour was sharply attacked by the government and alleged that it was an attempt to suppress the voice of the opposition. Chief opposition Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had claimed that by suspending the Question Hour, attempts were being made to strangle democracy and end the parliamentary process. He told reporters, the Congress party will never accept it. We will strongly oppose it both within and outside Parliament. After this, question hour of 30 minutes duration has been allowed in the parliament.

Responding to the opposition’s allegations about not running the question hour, sources in the government had said that this is not the first time that the Question Hour will not be held in a session. There was no Question Hour in 2004 and 2009 also. Apart from this, there were no Question Hours in 1991 and earlier in 1962, 1975 and 1976 for various reasons. A Rajya Sabha analysis has revealed that 60 per cent of the Question Hour was not used in the last five years and only 40 per cent of the time was utilised.

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