In the light of the Modi government’s decision to not hold the Question hour, Congress MP in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan on Monday said, “Question hour is the golden hour but you cannot say that it cant be held due to circumstances. You conduct the proceedings but single out Question hour. You are trying to strangulate the democracy,” according to ANI.
He had also written to the Lok Sabha speaker last wee, urging him to reconsider the decision.
The government had earlier decided to do away with Question hour for the monsoon session of the Parliament, beginning today, Septemeber 14 stating COVID-19 pandemic as the reason.
This step has received backlash from opposition MPs and other quarters and had said that it is an attempt to throttle the Opposition’s voice and amounted it to “murder of democracy.”
Question hour is said to be a crucial part of the proceedings of a parliamentary democracy wherein the elected representatives can make the voice of the people and states heard.