SPEAKER MEIRA KUMAR WANTS 3YADAVS
TO SAY SORRY FOR MOCK LOK SABHA EPISODE
PM-SONIA-ADVANI TO ATTEND SPEAKER MEETING
ON WEDNESDAY MORNING
From Our Delhi Bureau
Mock Parliament is a major irritation for Speaker Meira Kumar.
She wants to condem 3Yadavs for their 'drama' on mock Lok Sabha
Misusing the Lok Sabha premises- in the glare of entire press
gallery and some MPs... They made Lok Sabha a drama.
A via media is being worked out. Lalu Prasad is planning to
say "Sorry" on Wednesday, when house resumes session after three days.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is quite upset with the Troika of Yadavs
-- Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Janata Dal (U) chief
Sharad Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad -- for their
regular defiance of her authority and not allowing her to conduct the
business unless she yields to them to have the say.
She has convened a meeting of leaders of all political parties
Wednesday morning before resumption of the sittings after a 3-day
break, urging the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi personally to attend
as she wants to find out a consensual solution to upturn the falling
decorum of the House. The meeting is convened at 9.30 AM to have enough
time of 90 minutes to discuss the issues giving her a lot of pain and
anguish, sources in the Speaker's House said.
They said she may even offer to step down as the Speaker if the parties
do not lend her support in putting the Yadavs in their place. They said
she would also broach at the meeting the "unparliamentary conduct" of
the MPs on Friday when they conducted a mock Parliament in the Lok
Sabha hall after the House was adjourned for the day.
With the help of the staff, she has drawn up the list of some 60 MPs
who participated in the so-called mock session with Lalu Prasad as the
"prime minister." She will put their names before the meeting and urge
leaders of the parties to decide what exemplary punishment should be
imparted to prevent recurrence of such drama bringing shame to the
temple of democracy.
Meira Kumar is understood to have also conveyed to Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee her unhappiness over no condemnation of the incident
as the leader of House and instead resorting to placate the Yadav trio
to allow the House conduct its business smoothly on Saturday. She felt
the government should accommodate the Opposition for running the House
without disruption, but it should not be done by shutting eyes to the
members resorting to unparliamentary behaviour.