Disruption of Parliament not acceptable, for God's sake, do your job: President Pranab Mukherjee to MPs

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said that disruption of Parliament is not acceptable at all.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2016, 23:45 PM IST
Disruption of Parliament not acceptable, for God's sake, do your job: President Pranab Mukherjee to MPs

New Delhi: With deadlock over demonetisation leading to wastage of 15 days of the Winter session of Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said, disruption of Parliament is not acceptable at all.

Delivering the Defence Estate Day Lecture 2016 here on "Reforms for a stronger Democracy", the President said people send their representatives to Parliament to work for the country and not to agitate.

"For God's sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business in Parliament," Mukherjee said.

"Dharnas can be organised anywhere else," he said asking all concerned to debate and discuss issues of public importance in the House.

He said he was not criticising any particular political party but all concerned must work together to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament.

He said only a minority disrupts parliamentary proceedings by entering the well of the House and raising slogans, when the majority was ready for a debate.

"The majority never participates in disruptions. Only the minority comes to the well, shouts slogans, stops proceeding and creates a situation," Mukherjee said.

The President also favoured simultaneous polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies, and said India needed electoral reforms.

"I am convinced that the country needs electoral reforms. We should (first) have a public debate and thereafter make the reforms," he said.

The President pitched for the passage of Women Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha saying, "The bill is pending for a long time in Parliament and representation of women is abysmally low, it is totally unacceptable.

The government has repeatedly dared the Opposition to have a debate on the demonetisation issue rather than disrupting the proceedings.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have failed to transact any substantive business as Opposition has been continuously creating pandemonium, leading to repeated adjournments of the two Houses.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today warned of "harsh steps" if opposition members did not stop protesting and disrupting others who were speaking.

The Speaker's warning came after the Lok Sabha saw protests again over demonetisation as Opposition members raised slogans demanding a debate with voting over the issue and Prime Minister Narendra Modi'sNarendra Modi's presence in the house.

(With agencies inputs)