'For god's sake, do your job': India's President slams opposition for disrupting Parliament
WION New Delhi, Delhi, India
Dec 08, 2016, 12.41 PM(IST)
"Disruption is totally unacceptable in Parliamentary system. People send representatives to speak and not to sit on dharna and not to create any trouble on the floor," Mukherjee said. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
India's president Pranab Mukherjee slammed opposition parties for for routinely disrupting proceedings in Parliament saying
it amounted to "gagging of majority" by the minority.
"Disruption means you are hurt, you are gagging majority. Majority never participates in this disruption. Only minority comes to the well, shouts slogans, stops the proceedings and creates a situation in which the Chair has no option but to adjourn the House. This is totally unacceptable".
Mukherjee's scathing attack comes in the midst of paralysis of Parliament procedings for over a fortnight over the issue of demonetisation.
"Disruption is totally unacceptable in Parliamentary system. People send representatives to speak and not to sit on dharna (agitation) and not to create any trouble on the floor," the president said during a lecture in capital New Delhi. He was speaking on the topic "Electoral reforms for a stronger democracy"
"For demonstration, you can choose any other places. But for God's sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business. You are meant to devote your time for exercising the authority of members, particularly Lok Sabha members over money and finance," he said.
Mukherjee, a veteran Parliamentarian himself before he became president, lamented the routine disruption of Parliamentary proceedings, given that Parliament was in session for only a few weeks in a year. He said that even if a member was levelling an allegation against someone, no court could prosecute him because what he said was on the floor of the House.
"Fact remains that this (disruption) has become a practice which should not be acceptable at all. Whatever be the differences, we have the opportunity, to speak our mind, to speak freely and no court can interfere in what I say on the floor of the House," he said. "This type of freedom should not be misused by causing disruption," he said.