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Parliament Houses sit in shifts as corona distancing needs more space
  • As the monsoon session of Parliament began on Monday, 17 members were declared coronavirus positive at the testing done in the premises.
  • The Congress took objection to the question hour, "recognised as an essence of parliamentary democracy", being scrapped.
  • In the shift arrangement for more space in view of coronavirus, on Monday the Lok Sabha assembled in the morning, taking the space of the Rajya Sabha too, and the latter sat in the afternoon, likewise.
  • However, from Tuesday onwards the Rajya Sabha will meet in the morning, in same style, and the Lok Sabha in the afternoon.

NEW DELHI, Sept 14: Seventeen MPs tested positive for coronavirus as the monsoon session of Parliament began on Monday. They included Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh. The members were tested at the Parliament House on September 13 and 14.

Of the 17, 12 belonged to the BJP, two to the YSR Congress, and one each to the Shiv Sena, DMK and the RLP. Around 200 of the 785 MPs in both Houses are above the age of 65 years, the vulnerable mark for covid.

There was staggered sitting arrangements in the House to mainatain physical distancing as per the coronavirus preventive norms. A mobile app was introduced to register attendance. Seats were separated by poly-carbon sheets.

Speaker Om Birla said in the Lok Sabha that the rules were changed to allow Lok Sabha members sit in the Rajya Sabha too and Rajya Sabha members sit in the Lok Sabha also for more space was needed due to physical distancing norms during coronavirus, resulting in the session going into shift mode.

Therefore, for the first time, some Lok Sabha members attended the House proceedings seated in the Rajya Sabha because of space shortage due to the staggering of seats, and vice versa.

While the Lok Sabha met between 9 am and 1 pm on Monday, the Rajya Sabha assembled between 3 pm and 7 pm. Tuesday onwards, the Rajya Sabha will meet in the morning and the Lok Sabha in the afternoon.

In the Rajya Sabha, new members took oath. The YSR Congress will support NDA candidate Harivansh for the post of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, its Vijay Sai Reddy said. TRS MP K Keshava Rao said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi will abstain from voting during the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman's election.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow. It adopted a motion to do away with Question Hour and private members' business during the monsoon sesion. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, criticised the move and said the question hour is recognised as an essence of parliamentary democracy and it should not have beeen scrapped.

If somebody wants to ask a question, they can do during the Zero Hour, the Defence Minister said.

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