New Delhi, Sept 20, 2020: The ongoing monsoon session of Lok Sabha will be curtailed by several days, the government decided on Saturday after consulting with the opposition at the Business Advisory Committee meeting. The Centre is concerned for the safety of MPs after three of them - who had attended the session - tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week, days after their mandatory test reports turned out negative.
The government had earlier held a discussion with the opposition as it had been trying to build a consensus. Many opposition parties were also in favour of winding up the session.
The session in Lok Sabha is likely to wrap up by Wednesday next week. Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament, is expected to follow suit.
Seventeen members of the Lok Sabha and eight from the Rajya Sabha had tested positive for the coronavirus in the mandatory tests carried out before the monsoon session of parliament started. Among the infected Lok Sabha MPs, the BJP had the maximum number -- 12. The YSR Congress had two MPs, the Shiv Sena, DMK and RLP had one each.
Earlier this week, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Prahlad Patel - who had tested negative before the session - were found positive for the coronavirus.
On Friday, BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe tested positive for the virus. He had addressed the House earlier.