No-confidence motion in Parliament: Congress says time allotted to Opposition inadequate, calls Sumitra Mahajan 'unfair'

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the time allotted for Opposition in the no-confidence motion debate, was inadequate. He said that Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was being 'unfair'

Press Trust of India July 20, 2018 12:18:14 IST
No-confidence motion in Parliament: Congress says time allotted to Opposition inadequate, calls Sumitra Mahajan 'unfair'

New Delhi: Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday accused Speaker Sumitra Mahajan of being unfair in allotting too little time to the opposition in the debate on the no-confidence motion and said the discussion cannot be treated as Question Hour.

The 32 minutes allotted to his party is grossly inadequate, Kharge said. A few minutes to each speaker is not enough to raise the host of issues, including those affecting farmers, women and Dalits, he added.

Noconfidence motion in Parliament Congress says time allotted to Opposition inadequate calls Sumitra Mahajan unfair

File image of Mallikarjun Kharge. PTI

Some parties have been allotted 25 minutes and some just 15 minutes, Kharge pointed out.  "There is a problem of farmers, Dalit issues, women issues. Can these issues be explained in one minute. You need at least half an hour for each speaker. The biggest party is being allotted 32 minutes by the speaker and they say the allotment is as per rules," Kharge told reporters outside Parliament.

The speaker, he said, can bring an amendment in rules for allotment of more time. "The debate on the no-confidence motion cannot be treated as Question Hour. Even small bills are allotted six-seven hours," the Congress leader said.

The Congress and other parties have indicated that they are keen to utilise the debate to attack the government on a range of of issues, including farm distress, slow economic growth and the rising incidents of lynching.

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