Tharoor moots parliament sitting in Bangalore

Tharoor moots parliament sitting in Bangalore

Tharoor moots parliament sitting in Bangalore

MP Shashi Tharoor has urged Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to consider the possibility of holding a five-day sitting of both the Houses of Parliament outside New Delhi, preferably in Bangalore.

In a letter to Kumar, the former UN diplomat turned parliamentarian said a decision in this regard might be announced during a function organised to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first sitting of the First Lok Sabha on May 13, a press note issued by his constituency office today said.

He said it would be a symbolic gesture which would give the people a fresh look at the vital role played by parliament in the country.

Tharoor, who represents Kerala capital in the Lok Sabha, proposed that Parliament may hold a 5-day sitting during the next Monsoon Session in a suitable location outside the national capital, ideally in Bengaluru.

Expressing concern over frequent disruption of parliament functioning and criticism heaped on parliamentarians by certain quarters, Tharoor said holding a session outside Delhi would give an opportunity to people to have look at the functioning of parliament.

"It would be a symbolic gesture to take the Parliament itself to the people in order to enable them to have a fresh look at the actual functioning of the Houses and the vital work they do in the governance of this vast nation of 1.2 billion people, constituting one-fifth of humanity," he said.

He said the Karnataka capital was typical of the dynamic face of new India and the younger generation of the city represented a cross-section of the flower of the nation in whom the future responsibilities of nation-building rests.

He said the idea of holding sittings of the full Parliament outside New Delhi had been discussed in the past but that, however, for various reasons -- mostly, financial, logistical and infrastructural – could not be implemented.

Such reasons, however, were not valid in this era of advanced technology, computers, communication facilities and strong infrastructure.