People will lose trust in politicians, VP Naidu’s warning on disruptions

RSTV Bureau
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the Valedictory of National Conference of Legislators, at the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi on March 11, 2018. The Speaker of Loka Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan and the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley are also seen.

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the Valedictory of National Conference of Legislators, at the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi on March 11, 2018. The Speaker of Loka Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan and the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley are also seen.

Voicing concern over the way legislators are seen more as instruments of power than law makers, Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu asked the MPs and MLAs to focus more on law making role to catalyse development. Citing disruptions in the assemblies and Parliament, the Vice President also raised issue of waning legitimacy of MPs and MLAs.

“All is not well that ends up in the Well (of the House),” he said referring to the washout of the first week of the second part of the Budget Session due to disruptions.

He cautioned that if the trend continued, the “people would lose their trust” in lawmakers and the political class.

The Vice President, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, expressed concern over lack of quorum in the House and said that he had to press the quorum bell on several occasions.

The responsibility of having a quorum lay with the government as well as the Opposition, Naidu said at the concluding session of a two-day conference of MPs and MLAs in the Central Hall of Parliament.

The vice president said if the legislatures do not provide a solution to the problems faced by the people, then they would be failing in their duty.

He also urged the ruling and opposition parties to be accommodative for better functioning of legislatures. Noting that issues cannot be settled on the basis of numbers alone, he said the opposition should have its say and the government should have its way. This is the only way forward, he said.

Naidu was also of the view that “talk out” or “walk out” should be the only options available in a legislature. He also urged the governments to increase the number of days legislatures meet in a year.

Summing up his address, the vice president expressed hope that the political consensus would soon emerge on granting reservation to women in Parliament and state assemblies.