A troubling question indeed! Why our parliament can’t concentrate on discussing new bills and passing key legislations especially when sessions in the past have rendered no output. The winter session of the parliament began today. Our parliament has three sessions-summer, monsoon and winter every year. Last session of the parliament already saw very little legislative work happening due to stalemate between opposition and ruling alliance over Anna Hazare, cash for vote scam and Gujarat Lokayukta. Winter session which saw its first day today if is taken as an indication of what would follow in this session then situation seems to be equally or even more grim. Lok Sabha was adjourned twice today, once during the question hour when Home Minister P. Chidambaram (PC) tried to answer question of an MP and once during the afternoon. Rajya Sabha was also adjourned over Mayawati’s resolution on division of UP which got passed in the state assembly yesterday. Division of UP is facing opposition from most parties and members demanded a discussion on the issue in both the houses.
If rough estimates of one hour of parliament’s functioning according to budgetary allocation are to go by, then parliament lost Rs. 1 crore today as one hour costs Rs. 25 lakhs to the exchequer.
Opposition has decided to boycott Home Minister PC during this session over his alleged involvement in 2G-spectrum scam. Opposition has equaled this decision with an occasion in the past when Congress boycotted George Fernandes who resigned later. BJP and allies are demanding PC’s resignation on the same lines.
Leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley has invoked the responsibility of the parliament as a ‘conscious keeper of India’s democracy’. It is indeed true that opposition has a great role in checking the functioning of the democracy but such disruptions don’t point towards a healthy trend for the future. Foreign media, which is usually in the awe of our vibrant democracy, has been harshly critical of this throughout the day with a sample headline by Wall Street Journal being ‘India’s New Parliament Session Ends Abruptly’