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Misbehaviour by MPs, MLAs and their Kins: A serious issue that needs to be looked into
Power often comes with blindness and fill one with ego. Indian Politicians and their near and dear ones have proved the above on several occasions when they have reportedly misbehaved with people.
The conduct of MPs and MLAs inside the Parliament and the Assembly on many occasions was found inappropriate and unacceptable. On many occasions the behaviour of MPs /MLAs outside the house was also in questions. The recent example is of some Shiv Sena MPs, who while complaining of bad food served to them at Delhi's Maharashtra Sadan misbehaved with a catering incharge.

It's not MPs and MLAs only, but the kins of these public representatives are also often in news for their errant behaviour. They have been found misbehaving with government officials, commoners and have been also caught by police for their involvement in serious crimes.

No doubt, the errant behaviour of MPs, MLAs and their kins is becoming a serious issue in this country, whose politicians were once respected like anything.

In a bid to find out the solution of this serious issue we spoke to few politicians from the two major political parties i.e. the BJP and the Congress. And this what they say:

Meem Afzal, Spokesperson, Congress

According to me, the political parties needs to be more conscious while distributing tickets to the candidates for MP/MLA elections. Their backgrounds must be checked in the same way as the backgrounds of brides and grooms are checked before the marriage. The political partiesshould realize their responsibility of analyzing the background of the candidates to ensure that he doesn't have any criminal record, doesn't have an aggressive nature. Secondly, each party should timely counsel its members about how to behave because people get into politics with different-different perspective and few of them think that the term 'Member of Parliament' provides them with inevitable powers. As I think the Member of Parliament doesn't own any kind of authority except one i.e power to recommend and power to request. Even they don't have power to give their constituency fund to anyone. Government promises them that it will provide them a fund of Rs 3 - Rs 4 crore but it is again only after the approval of the concerned authority. So, the MPs who have only got power to recommend and power to request, they sometimes think that they are powerful enough to do anything and they can take law in their hands, which is ridiculous and which should be checked and strict actions should be taken against such MPs.

Rajesh Dixit, National Secretary, Samajwadi Party

Solution has to come from within. Every person, every citizen has to be tolerant and understand how to behave with others, you can't teach this to anyone, it has to come from within. And more or less strict punishment has to be in place. See, every time you cannot blame MPs or MLAs or others, it is for everyone, you can't single out MPs or MLAs.

Meanwhile Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP MP from New Delhi, while talking on the Maharashtra Sadan incident condemned the Congress for its attempt to make it a communal issue.

Lekhi said, "The whole case (behaviour of Shiv Sena MPs at Maharashtra Sadan) is needed to be looked into. They can't be served bad food for a month long. The former MPs who are over staying in the bungalows meant for the new MPs, don't deserve to be there. I am not trying to say what the Shiv Sena MPs had done was right. I am sure they did not know that somebody was fasting, but serving bad food for a month in spite of complaints and then not taking any action against the complaint is really very bad. Why the Congress MPs and others who have lost elections not vacating their alloted residents which now belong to the elected members. In case of Shiv Sena MPs, they were not asking for any special privileges but you really need to give them what they deserve. Just look at the conduct of the Congress, it is making an administrative issue, a communal one, and this where the media has gone in a wrong direction.

She added, "I am not sitting here to give certificate to anyone. But the way the entire issue has been misguided, the Congress is responsible for it and the media did not highlight that. The real issue is not, what had been highlighted. It has been just made an issue that he (the canteen supervisor) was on Roza, and he has been force-feeded. It was tried to convert it into a communal issue, when it was actually an administrative issue. There was this officer, who on daily basis was getting complaints of bad food being served to the MPs. But he didn't take any action."

Sanjay Nirupam, a former Congress MP, while talking on the same issue said that behavior of Shiv Sena MPs was not good.

Nirupam said, "This is not good. Your conduct should be as per your responsibility. If you are an MP or MLA, you are expected to own a good behavior. Unfortunately, these people don't understand this. And government should interfere in this matter. And more than that the Lok Sabha speaker should take cognizance of this kind (errant) kind of behavior. Then only some sort of restriction or some sort of repression will be imposed on them (MPs/MLAs). Unfortunately, neither the Lok Sabha speaker nor the government has taken of the congnizance of behavious of Shiv Sena MPs. That is why this kind of trend will continue. To check this kind of trend you will have to take action. No matter behavior and that is why this kind of behavior is continue. One should take an action, no matter who is he, whether he belongs to your party, you alliance or opposition, whoever it is. You have to behave properly, otherwise you do not deserve to be their.

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