Parliament disruptions not due to any muscle power: Javadekar

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 19:37

New Delhi: Parliament gets disrupted not because of members wanting to test their muscle or lung power but when often when they try to raise people`s issues, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said.

"When you see Parliament getting disrupted, what is it all about? It is not about people wanting to fight it out. It is not because people want to test their muscle power or lung power. It is because sincerely many times they want to put across the difficulties faced by the people," he said.

He was speaking at an event held at the GMC Balayogi Auditorium in the Parliament Complex where students of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were awarded for their performance in National Youth Parliament competitions.

"We are making rules and rules always change. So there is discussion about... And many people believe if there was no publicity or there was no telecast, people will not be doing disruptions the way they are doing now. Some people feel that if their face is shown (in media), those in the constituency would get to know about their work," he said.

Javadekar, who apart from being the Information & Broadcasting and Environment and Forests minister is also the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, said often there is very good discussion in both houses of Parliament.

"But there is also a problem of publicity. Suppose someone makes a good presentation in the House after studying for 10 hours, nobody would publish the news. But if a paper is torn and thrown, it is widely covered," he said.
Javadekar informed students that some excellent work is carried out in the Standing Committees of Parliament which work away from the "media glare".

"Department related Standing Committees function so nicely because press is not allowed there and differences between parties do not come to the fore," he said.
He said that members in Standing Committees express their thoughts freely and often unanimous decisions are taken based on national interest.

He also said that the strength of people in a democracy is that they can change regimes through their votes, adding through votes people can make the rulers, the Opposition. Then taking an apparent dig at the Congress he said, "This time they have not made them opposition even."

He advised the students that committed and young people should consider entering politics.


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First Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 19:37

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