The Modi government wants to do maximum legislative work in the first session of its second term, and the Lok Sabha has to sit down and discuss the bills. On Thursday night, they made the record of working in the Lok Sabha, when the House proceedings went on for over 12 hours to discuss the demands of Railway Ministry.
The discussion ended on this issue two minutes before midnight. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said on Friday that the discussion lasted till midnight as every member wanted to be a part of it. Joshi said that this was the first time in nearly 18 years when the lower house proceedings lasted so long.
Discussions on railway grants
He said that over 100 members took part in the discussion and this was a record. During the debate, the opposition alleged that the Center was selling its assets rather than developing the railway. While the government argued that relatively capital expenditure at the time of the UPA Government had doubled.
Congress, TMC, NCP, DMK and other opposition parties accused of attempting privatization on railways. During this, the bullet train could not escape the opposition attack and it also got criticized. Minister of State Suresh Angadi intervened and defended the government and told the Lok Sabha that they have done a lot of development work under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Both the houses were efficient
Speaker Om Birla has also played an important role in running the deadline for discussion and elimination of the deadlock. He is constantly giving new members an opportunity to speak during the discussion in the Hours. He also hears the complaints of leaders of the opposition parties. With this, coordination between the Leader of the Opposition and the Opposition is in place and the House has made a logical debate.