Sharad Pawar rues 'bitterness' in Parliament, advises PM Modi to attend House

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has expressed his unhappiness over the continued deadlock in Parliament.

Updated: Aug 13, 2015, 10:27 AM IST
Sharad Pawar rues 'bitterness' in Parliament, advises PM Modi to attend House

New Delhi: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has expressed his unhappiness over the continued deadlock in Parliament.

In an interview with The Times of India, Pawar said the Congress is doing today what the BJP did four to five years ago.

“4 or 5 years ago, an entire session was washed out when Manmohan Singh was heading the government. I was part of that government. The Congress is doing today what the BJP did in those days,” Pawar told the daily.

He rued that the ruling dispensation has failed to take any initiative to break the deadlock.

The NCP chief also said that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has failed to take the Opposition into confidence.

“There is a certain feeling that the Speaker, who is of course elected by the ruling party, has not been able to give confidence to the other side. The Speaker is failing to give confidence to the other side and giving more attention to the ruling party, as if her decisions are guided by somebody from the ruling party,” he stated.

Pawar said leaders from both the sides were indulging in personal attacks these days and the same was getting reflected in Parliament.

“When there are personal attacks at the highest level, it leads to bitterness. And this reflects in the House. I have never seen this kind of bitterness in the House. I was leader of the Opposition when Vajpayee was PM. We attacked policies, not personalities, neither inside or outside the House,” the NCP leader said.

He further advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spend more time in Parliament.

“The presence of the PM in the House is also very important. He should spend more time in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha as MPs feel that they barely get an opportunity to see the PM. His lack of attendance is sending the signal that he doesn't respect Parliament,” Pawar said.