The non-functioning of parliament took a serious course as Union Minister of Chemicals and fertilizers, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs (Ananth Kumar) announced that “Parliament of the BJP-NDA alliance parties will renounce their salaries and allowances for 23 days during the non-functioning of parliament”.
Kumar mentioned that “BJP-NDA MPs have decided to not take salary and allowances for 23 days as the parliament has not been functional. This money is given to serve the people & if we are not able to do so we have no right to take the people’s money”.
The Houses of Parliament have been going through constant disruption following the protests and agitations by the members.
It’s been a long haul since Congress and many other parties put a halt on important bills to be passed. From an economic point of view, this has been called as “criminal wastage” of the money of taxpayers. This was pointed by parliamentary affairs minister.
“We discussed the issue with the prime minister, the BJP president, and other NDA constituents and decided to give up the salary of 23 days of part II of the Budget session…the money is given to us to serve the people.
“BJP-NDA MPs have decided to not take salary & allowances for 23 days as the parliament has not been functional. This money is given to serve the people & if we are not able to do so we have no right to take the people’s money.”
Further, he lashed out at the deeds of Congress party saying, “It’s because of Congress’s undemocratic politics that Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have not been functional. We’re ready to talk about all the issues but they are not letting the houses function”.
Congress is wasting taxpayers’ money – Anant Kumar
This decision has been taken to blame the opposition for allegedly disrupting the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha which was caused by the no-confidence movement against the ruling government.
As per the reports, both the houses had faced an interference for the 20th consecutive day.
During this period, only one major Bill could saw the light of the day which is, “Union Budget”.
The second part of the session will end on Friday. It began on March 5th and got rescheduled until Friday.
BJP has been continuously blaming Congress for putting disruptions in the parliamentary sessions. Contrary to this, Ghulam Nabi Azad is blaming NDA government for running away from the discussion. He said, “I am sorry to say but is the treasury which is not allowing the House to function. See who is disrupting the proceedings. Let the country see”.
- Venkaiah Naidu (Rajya Sabha Chairman) expressed great anguish over the protests by Telugu Desa, AIADMK, Congress and other oppositions. He called these issues as, “murder of democracy”.
Naidu put these remarks when opposition parties did not pay great attention to his requests to run the parliament. Many important bills are immobile due to these intermittent disruptions.
- The basic reason behind these conflicts has been the Cauvery dispute. Often, MPs from both the parties get into heated arguments which leads to adjournment of the house.
- Apart from that Telugu Desam Party MPs see daily proceeding of the house disrupted.
- No-confidence motion leads to an unfair ruckus.