Ensure smooth winter session, Speaker urges all parties


NEW DELHI: Ahead of the winter session of Parliament commencing on November 18, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appealed to all political parties for cooperation to ensure the smooth functioning of the House. At an all-party meeting on Saturday, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also in attendance, the Speaker said the House will try to accommodate all issues raised by floor leaders of political parties in the ensuing session.
“We had discussions with leaders from various political parties. We will try to discuss the issues in Parliament that were raised by them. The way the first session of 17th Lok Sabha was conducted, we should try that the House runs smoothly and good issues are debated in Parliament,” Birla said.
When asked about a debate on pollution in the Parliament, the Lok Sabha Speaker said: “Political parties have raised this issue. I have said that time will be decided in the Business Advisory Committee and we will have a debate on those issues.” Shiv Sena leader Vinayak Raut and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi are among the leaders who attended the all-party meeting.


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