New Delhi, Dec 8: President Pranab Mukherjee today broke his silence on the ongoing blocking of the proceedings of the Parliament saying that disruption of the proceedings was ‘unacceptable’.
He said that though he had no intention to blame anyone for this, but disrupting parliament has become a practice, and this is certainly a matter of serious concern.
It may be recalled that senior BJP leader L K Advani had expressed his displeasure over the continuous disruption of the working of the parliament and pointedly blamed the Parliamentary Affairs Minister and the Speaker for their ‘failure’ to conduct the House.
The President on Thursday targeted the lawmakers for their role in not allowing the parliament to transact business. “For God’s sake, do your job”, the President told them.
Ever since November 16, the beginning of the winter session of the parliament, both the houses failed to function due to repeated adjournments. Both the opposition and ruling party members have squabbled over the Prime Minister’s November 8 decision to scrap high denomination currency notes.
“For God’s sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business in Parliament. Disruption of Parliament is not acceptable at all,” Pranab Mukherjee said.
Delivering the Defence Estate Day Lecture 2016 on “Reforms for a stronger Democracy”, the President said people send their representatives to Parliament to work for the country and not to agitate. He said he was concerned that disruption of parliamentary work has become a “practice”.
“Dharnas can be organised anywhere else,” he said and urged MPs to debate and discuss issues of public importance in Parliament.
Proceedings in the Lok Sabha were disrupted for the 15th consecutive day today as the Opposition continued to engage in sloganeering demanding a debate on demonetisation under a rule that entails voting.
As soon as the House assembled, the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to raise an issue but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow him to and started Question Hour.
This prompted members belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress and the Left parties to rush into the Well demanding a discussion on the scrapping of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.
PM slams Opposition over House disruption: Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has also slammed the opposition for not letting the parliament function and transact business. The Prime Minister said that while the common masses have supported his decision to scrap the high-value notes, the opposition parties are opposing it and in turn supporting those indulging in black money transaction and parallel economy.
The infuriated opposition has been demanding PM’s apology for this remarks and also demanding that PM to intervene in the House debate on the issue.
Some key legislations related to the Goods and Services Tax are still pending before the House after it has been ratified by more than 20 states.