New Delhi: Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday expressed regret at the way political parties are not allowing Parliament to conduct business.
The minister said all the parties are responsible for this and such acts were "spoiling the image of Parliament".
"I feel sad at the uproar in Parliament. Rules need to be followed. All the political parties are responsible for this and such issues are spoiling the image of Parliament," Tharoor, who is a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from Kerala, told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
There are pertinent issues that need to be discussed, like the Food Bill and others, he said adding the it is important for parties to come together and work towards the development of the country.
On Food Bill, he said: "We have introduced the Food Bill, but the minister concerned (Food Minister KV Thomas) is not allowed to speak. This is an important legislation, which will ensure nutritional support for the poor."
On social media, Tharoor, who has been in news for his comments on the networking site Twitter, said it has great potential.
"But, one must realise that social media being popular also has a responsibility. I support it, but one has to keep in mind that such tools are also misused," he added.