As the roll call progressed, the Rapporteur greatly exaggerated the pronunciation of the members, greeted with peals of laughter. After which, an informal session was passed to deliberate on the topics to be discussed in the committee. The INC and the (BJP) formed their personal cliques with AAP members flitting between the two. There was a clash of egos as the leaders of different parties tried to take control of the budding chaos.
Multiple motions including “relationships between the LGBT community and people” and “legalizing health care for the LGBT community” failed, as each member present in committee was desperate for only his/her party’s motions to pass. The Chairperson looked very disappointed as this restricted formal debate. The Executive Board decided to start another informal session so that the committee could come to a final decision.
Members defended their party’s beliefs, as the debate continually grew more heated by the second. Almost every member in the committee wished to speak and the Rapporteur looked overwhelmed, yet the Chairperson maintained his cool. A number of valid points were brought to the fore, “The LGBT community aren’t a different species. They are also part of our country. We are responsible for ensuring everyone’s happiness, including theirs.” The meet tapped their fists to show their support.
While the Chair was looking for members who wished to speak, the president of the INC was busy posing for photos, and didn’t realize that the entire committee was waiting for him to finish. Another member from the INC lashed out at the leader of the BJP party by accusing him for doing nothing but imposing compulsory yoga on the country.
Reporters: Kashvi Sarup and Saarah Khan
Editor: Rhea Uppal
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