INDORE (TIP): Rubbishing reports of having received any communication from Congress president Sonia Gandhi over her role as leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday said the opportune time for deciding on the LOP is ahead of the budget session. “I read in a section of media that Sonia Gandhi has sent me a letter regarding her position as leader of opposition. But the fact is I have not received any such communication form her,” Mahajan said while interacting with media in Indore.

She said it is customary for political parties with sizeable numbers in the House to stake claim for the position of the LOP. Therefore, she said that Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi wrote her a letter in which it was conveyed that Mallikarjun Kharge would head the Congress party in the lower House. Talking about her priority in the House, Mahajan said the first and foremost task is to ensure that the House runs smoothly. “There are rules to take against those who try to disrupt the House.

Firstly, I will name the member of the House who will disrupt Lok Sabha in the next day bulletin of the house and if need arises the members will be suspended for disrupting the proceedings of the House,” said Mahajan adding that running the house as per rule will be her focus. For first time MPs, the Speaker has decided to hold a training session. “It is important for MPs to ensure meaningful discussion and debate in the House as they are responsible not just for their constituencies but for the country as well,” said Mahajan adding that the training will be imparted on a regular basis over rules and functioning of the House.

The members will be encouraged to use library of Parliament which is one of the best in the world, she said. Mahajan also promised to ensure that MPs ask more questions and make better use of question hour. “Questions asked in Parliament make ministers responsible and it is important that MPs ask questions and ministers answer them,” said Mahajan.

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