Budget session: Audio muted for 19 minutes on Sansad TV, Centre says ‘technical glitch’

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha adjourned after 20 minutes of the first week of the second leg of the budget session. Opposition members reacted angrily to the Sansad TV audio being muted and accused the ruling party of limiting their views.

The audio in the parliament, according to the Congress, was muted in order to stifle voices of opposition against the ruling party. While the BJP-ruled government say it was a “technical glitch.”

Shortly after the proceedings started, the Congress posted a clip on Twitter in which the audio in the Lok Sabha appeared to stop during opposition protests.

The visuals showed nearly all members in the treasury benches on their feet as opposition MPs protested near Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s chair.

There was no audio for 19 minutes. Only when the Speaker spoke and declared the House adjourned for the day after imploring members to quit yelling did the audio come back.

The government denied making the audio mute on purpose. “It was a technical fault, not done by intention. Everyday slogan shouting is being telecast during the interruption,” sources said.

Source: The Hindu, NDTV

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