Harivansh Narayan Singh was on Monday re-elected as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. A voice vote was conducted for the election of Deputy Chairman. Commenting on his re-election, PM Modi said: “The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, each member of the House shares. He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy.”
Earlier in the day, the Opposition parties condemned the government’s decision to remove the Question Hour session. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress MP in Lok Sabha, said that the Question Hour is the golden hour but the government said that it can’t be held due to the circumstances. “You conduct the proceedings but single out Question Hour. You are trying to strangulate the democracy,” he said. Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi defended the removal of the Question Hour, saying that the government is not running away from discussion.
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Monsoon Session will be held in two shifts – 9 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM. Except today, Rajya Sabha will sit in the morning shift and Lok Sabha will sit in the evening. The Session will take up 47 items during its 18 sittings till October 1. This will be the first Parliament session being held amid the Covid-19 pandemic.