New Delhi: The last session of the sixteenth Lok Sabha came to an end on Wednesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi enumerating a number of achievements during his tenure.
Mr. Modi has said India has achieved a distinguished place in the world due to majority government at the centre.
The Prime Minister said, India’s self-confidence is at an all-time high which is a very positive sign because such confidence gives an impetus to development.
He said, when the world is discussing global warming, India made a mammoth effort in the form of the International Solar Alliance to mitigate this menace. Mr. Modi said, the country will be proud of this 16th Lok Sabha, as it has the highest number of women members.
The Prime Minister said, it is this Lok Sabha that has passed stringent laws against corruption and black money besides the GST. He added that the GST passing in the House revealed the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship.
Mr Modi also targeted the Congress over its attack on the government on the Rafale fighter jet deal and said many planes were being flown in the floor of this House. He was referring to Congress members’ flying paper jets in the Lok Sabha to draw attention to Rafale issue.
Leaders of different political parties including Congress, TMC, CPI(M), TRS, LJP and others expressed their views and thanked the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for her efforts to run the House smoothly. Mulayam Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hoped that BJP wins the upcoming Lok Sabha elections that Mr Modi returns to power again.
Before adjourning the House sine die, in her valedictory address, Ms Mahajan said, she tried to run the House with parliamentary decorum and gave opportunities to all the members, irrespective of their political affiliation to raise issues of public importance. Ms Mahajan said,
The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned sine die. The Upper House witnessed repeated adjournments over several issues during the entire session.
Delivering the Valedictory Address, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressed displeasure over House disruptions, saying the overall productivity during the session was not good. Mr Naidu said the members should introspect over declining productivity in the House as important matters of public interest could not be taken up.
Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha witnessed two adjournments.
Members from Samajwadi Party and BSP tried to raise the issue of former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav being allegedly prevented from flying to Prayagraj from Lucknow Airport yesterday.
The Chairman denied permission, prompting the agitating members to come to the Well. When the House re-assembled, it was again adjourned till 12:30 as Opposition members objected to government’s move to press the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 for passing.