QUESTION HOUR

  • My duty is not to let the Question Hour be interrupted: Sumitra Mahajan August 6, 2014

    In an interview with CNNIBN, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that her duty was not to let the question hour be interrupted. Regarding the communal violence bill she said that she was ready to have a discussion as long as things were done in accordance to the rules. ...
  • Last day of 15th Lok Sabha a productive day February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The last day of the 15th Lok Sabha was by all means a productive day. It was the first occasion during the 13day extended Winter Session when the House took up Question Hour. The Question Hour, which is generally regarded as very important as members could utilise it...
  • BJP gives notice for suspension of Question Hour to pass Lokpal Bill December 16, 2013

    New Delhi: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Monday gave notice for suspension of Question Hour on Tuesday to pass the Lokpal Bill. Sources said Jaitley gave the notice after the allparty meeting convened by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari to reach a consensus on the Lokpal Bill....
  • Fresh uproar over coalgate; Rajya Sabha adjourned April 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Proceedings were washed out for the third consecutive day in Rajya Sabha as BJP created uproar on the coalgate issue demanding resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and dismissal of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar. Lok Sabha, which did not transact any business during the last...
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon after BJP, SP uproar April 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Rajya Sabha was on Thursday was adjourned till noon after opposition BJP and UPA ally SP created ruckus in the House over separate issues. While BJP persisted with its demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the coalgate scam, SP members trooped into the well raising...
  • 75,000 children have gone missing in India: Govt March 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Around 75,000 children have gone missing in the last three years in the country and are still untraced, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. Of the about 2.36 lakh children who went missing in the last three years, 1,61,800 have been traced, Minister of State for Parliamentary...
  • UP DSP's murder rocks Parl; Mayawati seeks Centre intervention March 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Parliament on Tuesday was adjourned till noon over the killing of Uttar Pradesh's Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haq, with BSP chief Mayawati seeking suspension of the question hour. The former UP chief minister also demanded that the Governor should send a report for President's rule in the state. The...
  • BJP seeks to discuss delay in Afzal Guru's hanging in LS December 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has given a notice for the suspension of Question Hour in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The party wants to discuss the delay in hanging the Parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru. Thursday marks 11 years of the terrorist attack on Parliament that left nine people...
  • Maya accuses govt of not being serious about SC/ST Bill December 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Accusing the government of not being serious in passing the bill for providing quota for SC/STs in promotions in government jobs, BSP chief Mayawati threatened to take a "tougher" stand, saying her today's "outburst" in Rajya Sabha was only "the first step". BSP had stalled proceedings in both...
  • Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari loses his cool December 11, 2012

    New Delhi: There was high drama in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday after the BJP tried to disrupt the Question Hour soon after the House convened. Chairman Hamid Ansari lost his cool with the disgruntled MPs. After exhorting BJP MPs to sit down and let Question Hour proceed, a visibly furious...
  • SP stalls Question Hour in Rajya Sabha December 4, 2012

    New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday stalled the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha demanding release of "innocent" Muslim youth arrested on false terror charges across the country. Soon after the House mourned the death of 110 people in a fire at a garment factory near Dhaka in November, Naresh...
  • Trivedi attends Question Hour in Lok Sabha March 15, 2012

    New Delhi: Dinesh Trivedi, facing flak from the his own party the Trinamool Congress for increasing passenger fares in the Railway Budget, arrived in Parliament to attend the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Trivedi has been asked to step down as the Railway Minister by Trinamool...
  • P Chidambaram faces Opposition ire in RS December 14, 2011

    New Delhi: Continuing its boycott of Home Minister P Chidambaram, opposition BJP and AIADMK on Wednesday created ruckus in Rajya Sabha whenever the minister rose to answer queries put to him during the Question Hour. "Chidambaram istifa do (Chidambaram quit)," they shouted, demanding the Home Minister's resignation for his alleged role...
  • Parliament adjourned over Guj Lokayukta issue August 30, 2011

    New Delhi: The appointment of Lokayukta in Gujarat rocked Parliament on Tuesday, with an agitated BJP terming it as "undemocratic" and demanding recall of Governor Kamla Beniwal accusing her of violating the federal structure. BJP members created uproar in both Houses over the issue. Lok Sabha failed to transact...
  • Lok Sabha sittings should be increased: Kumar June 3, 2011

    New Delhi: Speaker Meira Kumar feels that Lok Sabha sittings should be increased to 100 days in a year so that various problem being faced by people in the country can be debated and discussed. She also favoured building consensus to change the timing of the Question Hour in Lok Sabha...
  • Question Hour shifts to 2 pm in Rajya Sabha March 8, 2011

    New Delhi: Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha was taken up at 2 PM instead of 11 AM after Chairman Hamid Ansari announced change in the order of business in view of frequent disruptions. Ansari who presides over the House during Question Hour in the morning on...
  • Mamata's wit keeps House in good humour April 23, 2010

    New Delhi: Laced with dollops of humour, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjees command performance enlivened the Rajya Sabha on Friday and almost turned question hour into a discussion on the functioning of the railways. On a question about shortage of rolling stock in trains, Mamata said: "You can purchase cloth from the...
  • MP's absence won't affect Lok Sabha anymore February 19, 2010

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Rules Committee has decided to amend rules on question hour to ensure it proceeds without interruption even if the member who asked the question is absent. The decision was taken on Thursday at the first meeting of the committee, presided over by Speaker Meira Kumar, sources...
  • After LS, absentee MPs 'virus' afflicts Rajya Sabha December 8, 2009

    New Delhi: An upset Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Tuesday said it looked as if the "virus" of absenteeism by Member of Parliament (MPs) during Question Hour has spread to the Upper House. "Is there a virus?" he remarked after noticing that six of the members, whose questions were listed...
  • Numbers up: Only 5 MPs miss Question Hour December 7, 2009

    New Delhi: The Question Hour in Lok Sabha went off smoothly on Monday with just five MPs, who had given notice to ask questions, remaining absent. Proceedings during Question Hour had collapsed Monday last week because of absentee members. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs GM Siddeshwara, Sudarshan Bhagat and Sumitra Mahajan,...
  • Sonia cracks the whip on absent MPs in Lok Sabha December 1, 2009

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi cracked the whip on party members who were absent during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha on Monday. She reportedly demanded a list of the missing MPs. She has also asked for an explanation from each MP on why he wasnt present in the House. There...
  • Watch: Only 2 MPs turn up for Question Hour, LS adjourned November 30, 2009

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha saw a new low on Monday. India's MPs had questions but failed to turn up in Parliament to ask them. In fact, the Lok Sabha had to be adjourned after only two of the listed 20 questions could be asked. ...
  • MPs' absent, Question Hour cut short November 30, 2009

    New Delhi: The Question Hour in the Lok Sabha was cut short on Monday as MPs who had given notice to ask questions were not present in the House. Speaker Meira Kumar invited members to ask questions but the house could take up only two questions related to defence and rural...
  • Parliament should have 100 sittings a year: Speaker August 26, 2009

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday expressed her concern over repeated disruptions in the House and said Parliament should sit for a minimum 100 days a year. "I really want the Parliament to have 100 sitting days a year. We should also make full use of the Parliament...
  • Raid VicePresident's pockets: BJP December 8, 2006

    New Delhi: The Upper House of Parliament on Friday witnessed some lighter moments during Question Hour when Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat was targeted by members over his habit of gutkha consumption. The incident occurred when Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar remarked that if the Chair desired, the...