New Delhi, July 10: In an emotional letter addressed to MPs, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked the parliamentarians to end the “cycle of interruptions” and maintain decorum so that the Monsoon session that is set to begin on July 18 can be productive.
She urged MPs to assure that discussion, divergence of opinion and dissent is within the well-established parameters and accepted norms of Parliamentary dignity and decorum.
The “cycle of interruptions” in Parliament will continue endlessly if MPs justify disruptions by citing the conduct of other parties in the past, Sumitra Mahajan said.
Reminding MPs of their “moral responsibility”, Mahajan urged them to ensure smooth functioning of the House and said “time has come for us to introspect and decide what is the way forward and ideal image for our Parliament and democracy”.
The task of protecting and keeping intact the prestige and sanctity of Parliament, the “sacred temple of democracy”, is a collective responsibility, she said in the two-page letter.
“I hope the electoral and political battles will be fought in the constituencies and at the same time members will discharge their democratic responsibilities with decorum in the House,” the letter read.
Consequently, the House had to be adjourned repeatedly without transacting any business,” wrote the Speaker.
In her letter, the 75-year-old stated that frequent disruptions in the House do not help present a desired picture and image of the functioning of democracy in India. “During my recent foreign visits, the Indian Diaspora and other foreign dignitaries also expressed their disappointment and concern over the constant disruption in the business of the House,” she added.
“Sometimes on social media platforms, we find that the expected enthusiasm and appreciation for the Parliament, Parliamentary Conventions and Democracy is not available. This trend may pose a challenge for our democracy,” said Mahajan.
Mahajan cited a ‘shloka’ from the Shrimadbhagwat Gita to say that whatever a noble man does, other men also do, whatever standard he sets, the world follows it.
The speaker said she is hopeful that political battles will be fought in the constituencies, but MPs will discharge their democratic responsibilities in the house.
The letter from Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan comes just a few days before the Monsoon Session of Parliament is about to commence.
Concluding the letter Mahajan expressed hope that cooperation from members of the House will help to establish high standards of Parliamentary conduct, discipline and decorum.