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Sometimes sharp taunts, sometimes the party and the opposition laughed together… those 10 moments of 17th Lok Sabha will be remembered a lot

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1. Government surprised everyone by removing Article 370

The decision to remove Article 370, a long standing election promise of BJP, was one of the first decisions of the 17th Lok Sabha. In the second term, Modi government introduced a bill to remove Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. This bill was passed in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and became law after the signature of the President. When Home Minister Amit Shah introduced this bill in the Lok Sabha on 6 August 2019 and it was passed there on the same day. It got the approval of the President on 9 August 2019. While presenting this bill, Home Minister Amit Shah gave a speech in a forceful manner. On the comments made by opposition leader Adhir Ranjan regarding PoK, he said that entire Kashmir is a part of India… I will give my life for it. This bill was passed and the special provision was removed from Jammu and Kashmir.

3. When Natu-Natu got Oscar, Kharge enjoyed in Parliament!

Last year, Natu-Natu song from the film RRR and Elephant Whispers documentary received Oscar awards. This issue was raised in Parliament. Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar congratulated him for this achievement. Many leaders also expressed their views regarding this in the House. But when Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge stood in the House, he said something that made the entire House burst out laughing. Actually, Leader of the House Piyush Goyal said that Elephant Whispers has been made by two women and RRR script writer VV Prasad is a member of our House. In response to this, Kharge quipped that we request the ruling party that they should not take credit whether we wrote it, we directed it or Modiji directed this film. He further said that this is the first time that Natu Natu got an Oscar and Haathi also got the award. After this the whole house started laughing loudly.

4. ‘Shashi Tharoor, you are the son-in-law of Jammu and Kashmir’

When the discussion was going on in the House regarding Article 370 of Jammu and Kashmir, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was also against it. PM Modi had quipped about this. He said in the House that Shashi Tharoor opposed the removal of Article 370, but it is not understood why Tharoor opposed it. PM asked- Tharoor, you are the son-in-law of Jammu and Kashmir, you have better knowledge about the conditions there.

5. “Married for 45 years, never gets angry”

Last year, the opposition attacked the government over the discussion under Rule 267 in the Manipur case. Meanwhile, laughter and joking was also seen in the debate between Mallikarjun Kharge and Chairman Jagdeep Ghankhar in Rajya Sabha. Actually, Kharge said that I requested you that the Manipur issue should be discussed under 267, but you were probably angry. After this the whole house started laughing. On this statement of Kharge, laughter started echoing in the Rajya Sabha. Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar also laughed, saying, “I am a married man for more than 45 years, I never get angry.” He further took the name of P. Chidambaram and said, ‘Mr. Chidambaram is a great lawyer, he knows that we do not have the right to get angry, at least not in front of the authority, Kharge ji, you are our authority.’ Kharge further said that Mr. Chairman, you show anger regularly but do not show it.

6. When Kharge said that this time 400 is being crossed, PM Modi laughed.

During the budget session, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha looked at PM Modi and said that you have the majority… earlier it was 330-340… this time it is crossing 400… as soon as Kharge said this The whole house echoed with laughter. PM Modi, sitting on the other side, also laughed. After Kharge’s statement, BJP MPs started banging the table while agreeing with him.

​7. When the entire house was united

Last year, the first bill regarding women’s reservation was introduced in the new Parliament House. This bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on September 19, 2023. Women’s reservation was such a bill on which the entire House was unanimous. 454 votes were cast in favor of this bill, while only two votes were cast against it. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and his own party MP Imtiaz Jaleel voted against the bill. All the opposition parties including Congress supported the government regarding the Women’s Reservation Bill.

8. When Manmohan Singh came to vote in a wheelchair, PM Modi praised him

Last year, voting was to be held in the House on the Delhi Services Bill. During this, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh came to vote in a wheelchair. PM Modi appreciated this passion of Manmohan Singh. On the occasion of farewell of Rajya Sabha MPs, PM said that Dr. Manmohan Singh knew that victory was going to be of the ruling party. There was a lot of difference but Dr. Manmohan Singh came in a wheelchair and voted. He is an example of how conscious an MP is about his responsibilities. He is an inspiring example. He said that ideological differences are short-lived. But former PM Manmohan Singh has guided the House for so long.

9. When a major security lapse occurred in Parliament

Whenever there is talk of the tenure of the 17th Lok Sabha, the issue of security lapse will also be remembered like a black spot. On December 13, 2023, the anniversary of the terrorist attack on Parliament, two people entered the Lok Sabha carrying smoke sticks. These people had jumped into the House from the audience gallery. It was fortunate that some MPs caught both the boys. But both of them opened the smoke sticks inside the House due to which the entire Lok Sabha was filled with yellow smoke. There was a lot of debate in the House regarding this matter.

10. For the first time, so many MPs were suspended in the House.

While many big bills were passed in the 17th Lok Sabha, for the first time a large number of MPs were suspended. 143 MPs were suspended from both houses of Parliament during the winter session. Of these, 97 MPs were suspended from the Lok Sabha, while 46 MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha. Actually, the opposition MPs were protesting over the Parliament security lapse. Opposition MPs were coming to the House with placards, after which the Speakers of both the Houses suspended the MPs.

This post originally appeared on navbharattimes.indiatimes.com

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