Manmohan Singh finally spoke and when he did on the functioning of the parliament, it resulted in a spat between the Indian Prime Minister and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley. Both of them were once again 'unanimous' on Indian Parliament not functioning properly, though with different reasoning.
However, the Prime Minister was not correct that the functioning of Indian Parliament has gone to the lowest possible standard. TV visuals show that at times Parliamentarians in other countries are usually involved in physical attacks on each other, which fortunately has not happened in Indian Parliament. Perhaps, disruptions in Parliament are like some kind of match-fixing dramatized between ruling and opposition parties.
In order to control Parliamentarians, immunity available to Parliamentarians for things said or done during parliamentary proceedings should be abolished by bringing these under normal law of land. There have been numerous and regular episodes, where Parliamentarians are often misusing immunity. Supreme Court could not punish JMM Parliamentarians in the infamous bribery episode because their act of voting in favour of government was considered immunised being part of parliamentary proceedings.
It is time that the rule book of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha should be looked into, where stringent laws needs to be made, so that unruly Parliamentarians can be automatically punished through rules snatching discretionary powers of Chairpersons and Parliamentary Committees, who are often extra soft on erring Parliamentarians breaking rules.
There have been numerous episodes in the Parliament bringing shame upon the nation. One of them being the presentation of Women Reservation Bill and Lokpal Bill in Rajya Sabha, which witnessed Parliamentarians tearing copy of the bill after snatching it from hands of the Minister. No one was punished in spite of such unruly behaviour in the parliament.
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