Last session of memorable 16th Lok Sabha concludes today: 5 moments to recall
New Delhi, Feb 13: Wednesday, February 13, marked the final day of the final session of the16th Lok Sabha, one of the most memorable tenures in the history of Indian democracy since Independence.
The outgoing Lok Sabha had the BJP in control after it won a single majority in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
The 16th Lok Sabha was constituted on May 18, 2014, two days after the results of the general election were declared. Narendra Modi, who was the BJP's prime ministerial candidate in that election, took oath as the prime minister on May 26. The first session of the 16th Lok Sabha took place between June 4-11. The current Lok Sabha saw 315 MPs taking oath for the first time, which is 58 per cent of the total members.
Out of those 315, 190 members had no prior legislative experience. Also in the 16th LS, 169 members were re-elected from the 15th Lok Sabha. The 16th LS had 62 women members after the general poll, the highest ever. PM Modi himself was a first-time MP.
The 16th Lok Sabha had some unique moments even though it did not have any formal Opposition as no party could get the minimum number of 54 seats in the Parliament. We take a look at five of those from the last five years:
Rahul Gandhi hugging PM Modi & then winking: On July 20, 2018, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the MP from Amethi, went across to a seated PM Modi and gave him a hug, saying that he harboured no hatred for the BJP.
It was during a debate over a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government. Rahul said his opponents might call him "pappu" but yet he had no hate for them.
Rahul then returned to his seat even as the BJP protested his act and winked at some of his colleague, which was then taken up by Modi himself during his talk calling it "aankho ka khel" (trick of the eyes).
Modi cries while addressing the BJP MPs: It was on May 20, 2014, and Modi was yet to take oath as the prime minister. He was about to address the BJP MPs in the Parliament's Central Hall when he requested party patriarch Lal Krishna Advani not to mention the word "favour" again.
Advani had earlier said that Modi had done a (kripa) favour to the party. Modi turned emotional and said serving one's mother is never a favour. It was also on the same day that Modi had bowed on the steps of the Parliament building calling it the "temple of democracy".
Smriti Irani's emotional speech over Rohith Vemula's suicide: The Rajya Sabha MP had her peak moment in the Lok Sabha on February 24, 2016, when she gave an emotional speech filled with anger against the Opposition over the debate over Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide and the JNU sedition row that year.
Irani, the HRD minister then, lashed out defending the government's action against the students of the JNU saying their union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others were found indulging in anti-national activities.
Irani's passionate might have failed to convince many but it remains one of the most memorable moments in the Lower House of the Parliament.
Hukumdev Narayan Yadav's touching speech that moved even PM Modi: Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, a veteran BJP MP from Bihar's Madhubani, gave a passionate speech during the budget session of 2015 which had left even the prime minister moved and choked.
Yadav attacked the caste system in India and also those who made fun of the sub-altern classes. He lashed out at those who mocked Modi as a tea-seller saying such attacks were below the belt and could not stop the latter from becoming the prime minister.
Modi was clearly seen turning emotional hearing Yadav's words.
Arun Jaitley sits and reads out budget speech: On February 28, 2015, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is known to have recurring backaches, sat down while reading out the budget, something which doesn't have much of a precedent in India.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had offered Jaitley to sit if he needed to and the finance minister said he would do so when he felt so. Jaitley read out his budget document sitting after standing for half-an-hour.