Disruptions in Parliament worry Pranab

Worried over the frequent disruption of Parliament and State Assemblies, President Pranab Mukherjee has called upon the political parties to ensure their smooth functioning and effective utilisation of their time for the making of laws.

Addressing Kerala Assembly on Tuesday, Mukherjee said that there was a need of collective thinking on this and examining amendment of some rules to make it possible.

“There is a need of collective thinking by political parties and leaders of our country on how to ensure smooth running of our Parliament and legislative Assemblies  and whether some of the existing rule of need to be amended for the purpose.’’

The president cautioned that the frequent adjournment of the House and unruly behaviours by the members would create a negative impression in people’s mind. “Disruption should never be allowed to be used as an effective parliamentary intervention.’’ He reminded that dissent was recognised democratic expression, but it should be expressed in decency and within the contours and parameters of parliamentary devices.

The cardinal principle of effective functioning of the parliamentary system is that             majority would rule minority would oppose, expose and if possible, depose . But this should be done in the frame work of the rules framed by the legislatures themselves.’’

The president who had presented several of India’s budgets being its Finance Minister said that the Parliament and Assemblies should devote more time and attention on the discussions of the budget and financial matters.

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