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‘Hurt’ Speaker for order in House

Gaya, Feb. 26: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar stressed the need for self-discipline and a self-regulatory system in Parliament for better and orderly functioning of the House.

She refrained form commenting on the recent din in Parliament and just said: “If you go by the records (of Lok Sabha), I had mentioned, main marmahat hoon (I am hurt).”

“Being the largest democratic country, India has great respect among others. Now, Speakers of other countries look towards the functioning of the Speaker of Parliament to solve complicated issues. The Lok Sabha is represented by 545 elected representatives and 39 different political parties. Since the first election of 1952, polls are being held on regular interval. The representative of a parliamentary constituency is elected by over 14 lakh people. Other countries talk about this system and thus we have a challenge to maintain it and its dignity,” she said.

Responding to a question whether she would contest the forthcoming Parliament election from Sasaram, she said the Congress party would take a decision over it.

The Lok Sabha Speaker would lay the foundation for construction of the building of Central University of Bihar (CUB) at Panchanpur, around 15km west of Gaya. Bihar has a very ancient tradition that students from across the world used to come here for studies at Nalanda and Vikramshila universities. However, during the last few years, a large number of students are migrating outside the state to carry out their studies. The CUB will not only provide an opportunity to the students to stay in their native state but also attract students from outside state, she said.

A day before the foundation stone laying ceremony, Babu Jagjivan Ram chair has been inaugurated at the CUB.