Newcomers add to sheen of first session of Lok Sabha

KV Prasad

Indiatimesworld News Service

New Delhi, August 11

There is a sense of accomplishment and the parliamentary managers of the BJP-led coalition government can take pride for having achieved a “never before” record, both in terms of uninterrupted sittings and legislative work.

Both the Houses of Parliament raised the bar in terms of transacting legislative agenda in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha without any interruptions or at best brief stalling of the proceedings in the corresponding session of the Rajya Sabha.

Given comfort in the numbers in the lower House and a working majority in the upper House, the Narendra Modi government could move important pieces of legislation, especially the Triple Talaq, that kept hanging for a few years, necessitating promulgation of an ordinance more than once to keep it in force.

Then came the big one — a resolution to do away with a clause in the Constitution that bestowed special status to J& K plus accompanying legislation to bifurcate the state as two union territories.

Speaker Om Birla too made special efforts to accommodate a large number of first-time MPs to make their maiden speeches. By the time the House ended its 37-day sitting between June 17 and August 7, 229 of the 265 first-time MPs got an opportunity to raise issues of concern through zero hour submissions. In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venakaiah Naidu kept urging the members to field pointed questions during question hour.

Yet, while the successful conduct of largely less vociferous proceedings and some thirty odd Bills enacted upon occupied the centre stage, there were quite a few parliamentarians, especially newcomers who captured attention with their meaningful speeches.

While experienced lawmakers in the Opposition like Manish Tewari, Shashi Tharoor, NK Premachandran and Assaduddin Owasi made most of the limited time they got during debates and discussions in the Lok Sabha, two newcomers who stole the thunder were Krishnanagar MP Mahua Moitra of the Trinamool Congress and Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal of the BJP.

Namgyal spoke with passion defending the move to bestow UT status to the region and why he supports the doing away with that section of Article 370 that allowed state to decide which national law could be extended to J&K. Even before his 20-minute speech ended, social media was on fire and Home Minister Amit Shah conveyed appreciation by thumping the bench and before the evening descended, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter praising the 34-year-old parliamentarian.

If Namgyal marked his presence towards the end of the session, Moitra did so at the start of the session in June. Taking part in the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, she argued how the opposition will make its voice heard choosing to underscore on “early signs of fascism”, lines which she said were drawn from the post in Holocaust Memorial. Her speech too went viral on the social media.

Ladakh mp Steals the thunder 

  • Two newcomers who stole the thunder were Krishnanagar MP Mahua Moitra of the Trinamool Congress and Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal of the BJP
  • Namgyal spoke with passion defending the move to bestow UT status to the region and why he supports the doing away with that section of Article 370 that allowed the state to decide which national law could be extended to J&K
  • Moitra argued how the opposition will make its voice heard choosing to underscore on “early signs of fascism”, lines which she said were drawn from the post in Holocaust Memorial