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Challenges and opportunities before the new Lok Sabha

The Hindu looks ahead to a Lok Sabha with a clear majority – it seems like a stable Government, but how can we expect the parliamentarians to conduct themselves and what is their mandate?

The current Lok Sabha offers an opportunity to the new members to cast off the burden of the past when disruptions and noisy protests had become virtually a part of regular proceedings. It would appear that disruptions were being seen as a political necessity. There was hardly any realisation that the interruption of parliamentary work represented a gross violation of the rules.

It is time the new members built a bipartisan coalition to inject a different political culture in Parliament. To start with, they should take a pledge not to disrupt the proceedings, and to persuade others not to do so.

These members can take inspiration from an innocuous move by a group of freshman parliamentarians in the last House that gathered momentum, resulting in a ban on smoking inside Parliament, much before the legislation banning smoking in public places came into effect.

Read the entire piece here.

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