“For demonstration you can choose any other place. But for god’s sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business,” President Pranab Mukherjee has exhorted parliamentarians.
He was delivering the fourth Defence Estates Day lecture on the topic of “Electoral reforms for a stronger democracy” here on Thursday.
The President said he was not referring to one party or two parties as he had no intention of accusing a few individuals of stalling Parliament. Urging the members not to misuse their freedom, Mr. Mukherjee said disruptions were about minorities gagging the majority by coming into the well, shouting slogans and stopping proceedings, leaving the chair no option but to adjourn the House.
He, however, made a specific reference to the Lok Sabha, which has a decisive role in key issues of finance. “You are meant to devote your time to exercising the authority of members, particularly of Lok Sabha members, over money and finance,” the President said.
In the Lok Sabha, little business has been transacted till now, with the Opposition demanding a discussion on demonetisation under a rule that entails voting.
Saying that frequent elections affect development work, the President urged the Centre, States, political parties and the Election Commission to discuss the issue.