Rajya Sabha Chairman And Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Slams Tearing Of Minister’s Statement Copy: Assault On Democracy


'Assault On Democracy': Vice President Slams Tearing Of Minister's Statement Copy

There appears to be scant respect for the Constitution and the sanctity of Parliament: M Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi:

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday described the snatching and tearing of the copy of the IT Minister’s assertion within the House as an assault on the nation’s parliamentary democracy.

Expressing anguish over the frequent disruptions within the House after the laying of papers, Mr Naidu made a passionate attraction to members to permit the sleek functioning of the House in order that extra significant discussions just like the one on COVID-19 problem may very well be held.

He additionally posed a number of inquiries to the members to ponder over the developments which have taken place within the House.

Referring to the assertion of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on the Pegasus spyware and adware problem, Mr Naidu stated he had made it clear within the enterprise advisory committee assembly that members might search clarifications which might have enabled them deal with their issues within the matter.

“But unfortunately, the proceedings of the House hit a new low with the papers being snatched from the Minister and torn into pieces and thrown in the air. Such actions are a clear assault on our parliamentary democracy,” he stated within the House.

“They do not cover the world’s largest democracy with glory. Should the members of Parliament be a party to degrading the country’s standing in the world stage,” he requested.

The Chairman stated it was additionally agreed within the BAC assembly {that a} detailed dialogue on varied elements of the nation’s financial system will probably be held for 4 hours and he even urged to the Government and the opposition to sit down collectively and prioritise the legislative and different agenda for the session.

He stated whereas some opposition leaders even appreciated this suggestion, however to his dismay, issues turned out to be totally different within the House.

“The turn of events in the House brings us to the question of what drives the disruptions in Parliament? Is it only political grandstanding,” he requested.

He stated he has pressured earlier that Parliament is rather more than a political establishment given its Constitutional mandate.

“But there seems to be scant respect for the Constitution and the sanctity of Parliament. It’s very unfortunate.”

The RS Chairman stated disruptions don’t go effectively with the second of 75 years of Independence and requested MPs to not be celebration to the reducing the nation’s standing on the democratic world stage.

Reminding members that they had been custodians of parliamentary democracy, he stated they need to converse for the individuals and the States they symbolize.

“Disrupting the House is certainly no way of doing justice for which you are all here,”he stated.

In a fervent attraction to all sections of the House to allow clean functioning by rising above slim political concerns, he stated, “disruptions only halt the march of our nation besides letting the people down.”

“In three weeks from now, we will be entering the 75th year of our hard fought Independence. The spirit of its celebration should not be marred by a dysfunctional Parliament. Our freedom struggle was all for self-governance with our people as the masters. But what is being witnessed in Parliament is to the contrary,” Mr Naidu stated, noting that it doesn’t resonate with the second of 75 years of our freedom from the colonial rule.

He stated as Chairman he was deeply distressed by the course of occasions within the House and anticipated the members to be equally anguished.

“If so, we shall find a way out of the present state of affairs. We are anguished and so are the people. Let Parliament function smoothly and bring shine into the lives of the people,” he stated.

Mr Naidu was referring to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) member Santanu Sen snatching papers from the Information Technology Minister and tearing them within the House on Thursday.

Mr Sen was suspended on Friday after a movement on this regard was handed with voice vote. Mr Sen, nonetheless, didn’t depart the House regardless of being advised to depart.


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