Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » Politics
1-min read

Divided over scams and policies, MPs unite for smoking zone in Parliament

Some Members of Parliament cutting across party lines have registered their protest against the removal of a designated smoking area in Parliament.

News18.com

Updated:July 23, 2015, 12:12 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Divided over scams and policies, MPs unite for smoking zone in Parliament
Some Members of Parliament cutting across party lines have registered their protest against the removal of a designated smoking area in Parliament.
Loading...

Even as Parliament has turned into a warzone with the government and the opposition up in arms against each other since the onset of the Monsoon Session, there is something that still unites our MPs across party lines – a designated smoking area.

Some Members of Parliament cutting across party lines have registered their protest against the removal of a designated smoking area in Parliament.

The room set up for MPs who smoke had been closed as Parliament is a No Smoking Zone under Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act 2003.

The agitated MPs had also met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan earlier this week.

A group of MPs, both from the ruling party and the opposition, had met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan requesting for a 'smoking room' after the space adjacent to the Central Hall was converted for other use.

A stenographers pool is now using the room, till now being used by the members to enjoy a smoke.

"Please do not give the news or else anti-smoking activists would throw a spanner in getting an alternate accommodation," a BJP MP remarked.

A Congress MP, who was also a part of the delegation that met the Speaker, suggested that the place was not apt for stenographers.

The Speaker was asked the question on the issue by reporters during a meeting of the press advisory committee.

Mahajan said in half-jest that they should give-up smoking. She, however, immediately added that she had to look after everyone's demands.

An informal arrangement of having a smokers room was made after Central Hall and lobbies in Parliament House were declared a "no smoking" zone in 2004 by the then Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee.

(With PTI Inputs)

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.

Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results