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Disruptions affect normal functioning of democracy: Pranab Mukherjee

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 00:35

Shillong: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said "disruption" has become the "fourth D" besides debate, dissension and decision in India`s democracy which is affecting the normal functioning of parliamentary democracy.

"Nowadays, I find that a fourth `D` has surreptitiously encroached into the arena of democracy, which is disruption," the President said addressing the special session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

Drawing references to the frequent disruptions in the Parliament and in state Assemblies, Mukherjee said the fourth D denies every elected member a chance to express his/her views on the floor of the House.

"If we do not do our duty and indulge in indiscipline and involve in disruption of proceedings of the House, it is a great betrayal to the people," he said.

The President said the best way an elected member can contribute and do justice to the people who elected him/her is "never to disrupt" and allow others to speak.

Elaborating on the importance of the other three Ds, he said, "Every issue is to be debated on the floor of the House. Members have every right to put their dissenting views but after debate, a decision has to be taken and implemented."

"As elected representatives, I believe, I learnt one lesson that a Parliamentarian must do, which is, not to miss a session, never disrupt and allow others to speak," he said.

Elaborating on the ill effects of the fourth D, Mukherjee said, "Every private member and individual who wants to express views, are gagged by those who come to the Well of the House defying the rulings and instructions of the Speaker."

Defining democracy as the most "sophisticated instrument of modern statecraft", Mukherjee said. "If members indulge in disruption, how can democracy function. (It is) nothing, but an objectionable factor in the normal functioning of parliamentary democracy."

First Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 00:35

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