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31 December 2011 One Comment

VICE PRESIDENT FAILED IN DUTY : PRESIDENT SHOULD TAKE COGNIZANCE

RTI Activist SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL in this article has asked the President to take Cognizance of the failure of the Vice-President on the Choreographed drama in the Rajya Sabha on the Lokpal Bill.

It was unfortunate that Vice President of India while presiding over ‘choreographed’ Rajya Sabha proceedings for a Lokpal debate on 29.12.2011 failed in his duty by not taking any instant and strong action against Rajneeti Prasad (RLD) when the hooligan Parliamentarian tore papers from hands of Minister of State V Narainsamy. Close examination of video-footage can prove that complete episode was pre-dramatized not only for face-saving of government, but also as relief to double-speak of main opposition-party BJP. It is for President of India in her dual capacity as head of the Parliament and the nation to take exemplary though extra-ordinary step against the erring Parliamentarian to save people’s faith in Parliamentary democracy.

 

Frequent disruptions and stalling of Parliament for long have become common feature of Parliamentary democracy, killing precious time for Parliamentary debates. Violence in state-assemblies has also become a common feature. All this calls for abolishing immunity available to Parliamentarians and state-legislatures for their activities inside the House by bringing these not only under normal law of land but also under Lokpal.

 

It becomes necessary also because chairpersons and House-committees are often soft in action against unruly behaviour of members, like was evident when Rajya Sabha Chairperson did not take any action against Rajneeti Prasad for entering well of the House to tear Lokpal Bill. Any such action by citizens outside Parliament is termed ‘insult’ of Parliament. But was it not an insult of Parliament by a Parliamentarian that too during the Parliamentary proceedings? Things can much improve if rules of Parliament may be made stringent like for auto-termination of membership for such acts without leaving these to discretion of chairpersons and House-committees.

 

Abolishing immunity will have an effective check on ‘fixing’ Parliament by ruling and opposition parties on aspects like Lokpal and Women Reservation which are practically uncomfortable for both sides even though in public their members may have to speak otherwise. Also it may be recalled even Supreme Court acquitted Parliamentarians involved in infamous JMM-bribery case because bribed act of Parliamentarians (to vote for Narsimha Rao government) was considered immunised being the act done during Lok Sabha proceedings.

 

SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL

(Guinness Record Holder & RTI Activist)

1775 Kucha Lattushah

Dariba, Chandni Chowk

DELHI 110006 (India)

One Comment »

  • Dharmesh Jethva said:

    Dear SIr,

    When it was done from public, or any Govt. Employee,
    he/she might be punished immediately. This act was done by a “Mantri” who will take action?