Recent events in parliament, state assemblies disturbing: Vice President

Rajat Kain

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu once again expressed distress over the logjam in Parliament and called for debate and decisions in a dignified manner in the Parliament as well as state legislatures. The vice president was addressing the first National Consultation Conference on Good Governance in Hyderabad on Sunday.

“I feel proud that we are the largest democracy in the world and have a functioning Parliamentary system of governance…. what, however, disturbs me are the recent trends of unruly behaviour and unparliamentary language. These patterns of behaviour do not bode well for our democracy,” he said.

The Vice President’s comments come in the back drop of two week long stalemate in the on-going Budget session.

MPs from the opposition and recent ally-turned opponent of Modi government, the TDP, as well as BJP allies AIADMK and Shiv Sena have been protesting on the issue of multi-crore PNB fraud and state related issues.

He had also held meeting with the leaders across parties but the impasse is continuing leading to almost no business in the house ever since resumed on 5th March 5.

Meanwhile, addressing the first National Consultation Conference on ‘Swarajya to Surajya': Taking Forward the Good Governance Agenda” in Hyderabad, he once again reminded MPs and MLAs of their responsibility of ensuring the accountability of the executive, which includes good governance.

“We should move away from the current environment of settling scores in which each party adopts the strategy of ‘I disrupt because you have done it before. We disrupt now because you had done it earlier’. Can we not end this spiral? I think we can and we should. Let us make a new beginning,” he said.

He quoted Mahatama Gandhi saying there was no place for violence in legislatures.

“No perfect democracy is possible without perfect nonviolence at the back of it,” the Vice President said stressing “Let us take the Surajya movement forward”.

“Let us abjure violent emotions, violent speech and violent actions. Let us discuss, debate and decide in a dignified manner…” he said.

Last week Venkaiah Naidu who is also Chairman of Rajya Sabha had expressed deep anguish over no transaction of business in the budget session due to continuous disruptions. He had also issued a stern warning asking MPs to “not test people’s patience”.