New Delhi: Ruling Congress was on Tuesday joined by JD(U) in voicing unhappiness over disruptions in Parliament, but BJP shot back saying it is better that the legislature does not work if its decisions "destroy" farmers and business.
"On FDI in retail...Is matter of wide discussion and from discussion you get the way out. We could not discuss properly on this matter in Parliament," Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav said, while referring to the stalling of Parliament proceedings on various issues, including Telangana.
Yadav said, "80 per cent of MPs (Member of Parliament) who go to Parliament are disheartened. They go with a hope at 11 AM that by evening they may get a chance to speak but it does not happen..... We are moving backwards."
The JD-U Chief, who was speaking at an award ceremony organised by Confederation of All India Traders, asked the government to contemplate on the reasons why China has grown by leaps and bounds while India has been unable to take advantage of the global market.
However, Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, who was present on the occasion, retorted that politicians, who were not allowing parliament to function, were to blame for the situation.
"When Parliament will not function, no action will take place, bill will not be passed, new suggestions will not be adopted. We don`t face new challenges then definitely China will grow and we will remain laggard," Sibal said.
Speaking after Sibal, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said such actions are justified if they are for public good.
"I`m telling you that if it (Parliament) would have been functioning then it would have been working against you.
"What is the benefit of running such Parliament due to which farmers and business are destroyed. Better if such a parliament does not function, then there will be no loss," he said.
Proceeding in both Lok Sabh and Rajya Sabha were disrupted today due to uproar by BJP over alleged dubious land deals of Sonia Gandhi`s son-in-law Robert Vadra.