Legislatures should function in the true spirit of democracy: VP

RSTV Bureau
Hyderabad: Priests offer blessings on Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu at a felicitation function at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on Monday. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (R) is also seen.  PTI Photo

Hyderabad: Priests offer blessings on Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu at a felicitation function at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on Monday. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (R) is also seen. PTI Photo

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over frequent disruptions in Parliament and said legislatures should function smoothly in the spirit of true democracy.

The treasury benches and the opposition should take up debates, without allowing disruptions, to make effective laws for the people, said Naidu, who by virtue of being the Vice President also presides over the Rajya Sabha as its chairman.

“Pranab Mukherjee (former president) had said ‘discuss, debate and decide’. 3 Ds. No 4th D. The fourth D is disrupt. We need to keep that in mind,” he said.

He was speaking at a state reception organised for him by Telangana government at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.

“Government proposes, opposition opposes, House disposes. Either this way or that way. That is the guiding principle,” he said.

Concerns had been expressed over frequent disruptions in the functioning of Parliament in recent times, Naidu said.

He sought to drive home the point that not only Parliament but Legislative Assemblies and Councils in states should also function effectively.

“The local Sabha should get inspiration from the Lok Sabha,” he said.

Noting that development and prosperity of the country were the ultimate goal of all, he said parties and public representatives at all levels needed to introspect and strive towards realising ‘Ram Rajya’ (ideal state) dreamt by Mahatma Gandhi.

The ‘Ram Rajya’ does not mean any “religious state”, he clarified.

He said “inclusive growth” under which everybody felt that they were a part of the development process should be the aim.

He said the prime minister had called for working in a spirit of ‘Team India’ for achieving the objective. The vice president said the chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Telangna N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao respectively, should work together in the interest of the people in both the Telugu-speaking states.

Naidu, who was accorded a traditional felicitation marked by blessings of Vedic pundits, stressed that Telugu should be promoted so that the culture of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana flourish. But he also added that learning English was important to get employment.

At the felicitation event, Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana ESL Narasimhan, Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, were also present.

(With inputs from PTI)