New Delhi : Parliament functions through debate, dissension and decision and not through disruption, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday, and called on all stakeholders, including government and political parties, to do some introspection, reports IANS.
Mukherjee, who Monday unveiled photographs of the presidents of the central legislative assembly and portraits of former Lok Sabha speakers at the Parliament House, said parliament has evolved well-developed processes and procedures.
“The parliament functions through debate, dissension and finally decision and not through disruption.
In order to strengthen our parliamentary functioning and other democratic institutions, it is important that all stakeholders — government, political parties, their leaders and parliamentarians — do some introspection and follow sound parliamentary conventions and rules,” he said.
The president’s remarks came amid repeated adjournments during the second half of the winter session on a range of issues, including proposed statehood to Telangana. The 15th Lok Sabha has passed the least number of bills compared to previous houses which have lasted their full five-year terms.
Mukherjee termed parliament as “Gangotri of our democracy” and said it represents the will and the aspirations of one billion-plus people and is the link between people and the government.