Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday expressed anguish over Parliament’s ‘collective failure’ to transact important business and deliberate on matters of urgent public importance which had made it ‘a lose-lose situation’.
Describing the logjam that had paralysed both Houses of Parliament in the just-concluded second part of the Budget session as a sad commentary on the functioning of Parliamentary democracy, he said ‘we were all the losers. It was a win-win situation, but we made it a lose-lose situation.’
Despite his assurance as the presiding officer to accommodate the concerns of all parties, he rued the Members preferred to engage in disruptions. ‘It is not a question of which party or which member but a question of our collective failure to transact important business and deliberate on matters of urgent public importance which has attracted the public criticism. What happened earlier was a sad commentary on the functioning of our parliamentary democracy.’
Parliament was for serious business and to address the peoples’ concerns, he underlined, adding ‘we can restore the public faith in our parliamentary system through our work and conduct.’ Though the Rajya Sabha, over the years, has established a credible legacy of performance and justified its existence as a second chamber, he said the work was far from complete.
Asserting that it was time to wake up and look at the way forward, he warned that the whole country was watching ‘our collective failure in disparagement and it certainly does not augur well for our parliamentary democracy’.
Mr Naidu is the first Chairman of the Upper House to attend the Rajya Sabha Day celebration which is observed on April 3 every year. It may be recalled that the Rajya Sabha was constituted on April 3, 1952.
He appreciated the efforts of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat for organising various competitions and congratulated the young winners. Two senior retired employees of the Secretariat, P Gopinath and Laxmi Chand Garg, were honoured on the occasion. The welcome address was delivered by Rajya Sabha Secretary-General Desh Deepak Verma, an official release here said.