Modi Govt Allows 30-Minute Question Hour In Parliament After Criticism

Monsoon session is scheduled to take place between September 14 and October 1.

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September 5, 2020

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After facing heavy criticism from the opposition, the government of PM Modi has gone back on its decision to quash the Question Hour during the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament. It has revealed that a 30-minute session will be dedicated for the same in the curbed monsoon session that’s scheduled to take place over 18 seatings between September 14 and October 1. The Modi Government, however, has mentioned that only starred questions will be taken up during the Question Hour.

The government’s decision had been met with heavy criticism from the opposition. “I said four months ago that strongmen leaders would use the excuse of the pandemic to stifle democracy and dissent,” Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had tweeted. Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said that doing away with the Question Hour was like murdering democracy. The government has even said that the Zero Hour, which is an informal form of the Question Hour, will also be curtailed to 30 minutes.

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