You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News
Business Standard

Govt wants to make Parliament dysfunctional: Kapil Sibal on MP suspension

12 MPs from the opposition parties were suspended from Parliament's Winter Session for allegedly creating ruckus on the last day of the Monsoon Session

Topics
Monsoon session | Rajya Sabha | Kapil Sibal

ANI 

Congress leader Kapil Sibal addresses the media on 2G outside the Parliament House in New Delhi
Sibal, former Union Minister, said, "It is a black day in the history of Parliament. The intent of the government is clear: it wants to make the institution dysfunctional."

Stating that the suspension of the 12 opposition MPs from is a "black day in the history of Parliament", senior Congress leader on Monday said that the intent is clear that the government wants to make the institution dysfunctional.

As many as 12 MPs from the opposition parties were suspended from Parliament's Winter Session for allegedly creating ruckus on the last day of the . The suspension came after Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi wrote a letter to chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, who is the Vice President, for shocking violence on the last day of the .

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Sibal, former Union Minister, said, "It is a black day in the history of Parliament. The intent of the government is clear: it wants to make the institution dysfunctional."

He further said, "They (the government) know that if they suspend (the opposition MPs) in this fashion, without any hearing, or explanation, they know the opposition will react and some measures will be taken (by the opposition) such as boycott. Then the government, in turn, will blame that they (the opposition) are not allowing the House to run. In fact, it is the government that does not want the House to run. That's the reality."

"They (the government) have made this institution dysfunctional. They want to do what they want to do without Parliament. They passed a law (Farm laws) without discussion and now they have repealed it without any discussion. The bottom line is 'no discussion'," he added.

The Congress leader said, "If they want a discussion on their own terms, then what is the relevance of Parliament and Opposition?"

Suggesting that the suspension of MPs needs to be fought politically, the Congress MP said, "If one goes to court, it will languish in court and I wonder whether the court has the jurisdiction to decide matters which are internal to the House."

He also said that the government does not want to play with the rule of the game, which eventually leads to disillusionment with the institution among the people. The suspended MPs are Elamaram Kareem (CPM), Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, R Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress, Binoy Viswam of CPI, Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of Trinamool Congress, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Anil Desai of Shiv Sena.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, November 30 2021. 08:58 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU