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Change rules of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to be stringent
It refers to the usual fashion of wash-out of Parliamentary sessions mainly because of undemocratic and aged Parliamentary rules. Rules of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha should be common and re-drafted as Parliamentary rules by a panel of retired Supreme Court judges appointed by Chief Justice of India rather than Parliamentarians because Parliamentarians must never be entrusted and accepted to draft stringent rules for themselves as are now necessity of time in view of unruly behaviour of Parliamentarians and many other misdeeds, frauds, irregularities etc experienced since independence.

BASED ON the RTI response received by me from Lok Sabha secretariat and Rajya Sabha Secretariat, it clearly mentions about rules presently existing where Chairpersons of respective houses of Parliament have power enough to practically stop Parliamentarians from unruly scenes including entering well of the House.

But it is evident that Chairpersons usually never exercise such power to prevent criminal wastage of public funds through washed out Parliamentary sessions. Comments from public should be invited for such new set of rules to make our Parliamentarians act in true spirit of democracy and people’s real representatives. Democratic system demands abolition of rule 193 to remove all confusion because the number-game should decide crucial decisions like on Foreign-Direct-Investment (FDI) to be voted under rule 184 when there is a safeguard of government not falling after voting under rule 184. There should be a system of card-punching every time a Parliamentarian leaving or entering the proceedings with exemption for ministers, stipulating attending some minimum daily hours for claiming daily allowance.

Rule should be to automatically cancel membership of legislators for such unruly behaviour without requiring any role of Chairpersons/Parliamentary committees and/or Legislative Assembly/Council, etc, which are usually unduly soft on unruly activities of legislators. Rather, Parliamentary privilege should be abolished by making proceedings of the House accountable to normal law of land. It becomes even more necessary when documents relating to scams like 2-G otherwise accessible under RTI Act, are denied under Parliamentary privilege only because matter goes before Parliamentary committees. It is an indirect strategy to check further revealing on scams by setting Parliamentary committees on corrupt deeds. It is to be remembered that Supreme Court acquitted Parliamentarians involved in infamous JMM bribery case only because their act of voting by being bribed was considered immunised under Parliamentary privilege.

A Parliamentarian, Rajesh Manjhi, took girl-friend in name of wife on Parliamentary tours. Parliamentarians like Dharmendra hided name of their second wife in declaration to Lok Sabha. These all should be automatic ground for termination of membership of Parliament. While tearing of bills outside Parliament is viewed as insult to Parliament, it became privilege when such an act done during Rajya Sabha proceedings by Rajniti Prasad was ignored without punishment by the Chairperson.

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