Discuss, don't disrupt, urges President Mukherjee during joint sitting of Parliament

The President suggested members of Parliament function in a spirit of cooperation.

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee made a strong pitch Tuesday for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament, stressing that the “democratic temper depends on debate and discussion, and not disruptions”.

After the near washout of Rajya Sabha proceedings both in the Monsoon and Winter Sessions, the President’s remark takes on a lot of significance at a time when the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is unable to push its legislative agenda.

In his customary address to a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, Mr Mukherjee took note of the frequent disruptions and obstruction of Parliament. He suggested members of Parliament function in a spirit of cooperation, reminding them that Parliament “reflects the supreme will of the people”.

Separately, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking to reporters, expressed the hope that the Budget Session will be fruitful and utilised for constructive debate. Mr Modi added that “friends” from some Opposition parties had shown a “positive” attitude in various interactions.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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