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Stakeholders in Parliament hope public issues will be the center of attention rather than the political agenda in 2022


New Delhi: As Parliament is set to have a new building in 2022, Presidents Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha hope MPs will not see the legislature simply as an extension of politics and the new structure will see parliamentary democracy Indian shine in new greatness.

2021, which started on a low note with opposition parties boycotting the president’s joint speech to both houses of parliament, ended with the suspension of at least 13 upper house members for their behavior indiscipline.

The repeal of farm laws and wiretapping using Pegasus spyware have been the issues vehemently raised by the opposition, resulting in frequent adjournments by both chambers last year.

Farm laws that remained the most controversial issue throughout the year had to be repealed in the winter session, not before they hit productivity. Lok Sabha’s productivity was around 70% and Rajya Sabha’s was 59% in 2021.

The stalemate and disruption marred all three sessions of the year, affecting the monsoon session the most, which hit a new low upon seeing ugly scenes of opposition members standing on the secretary-general’s table throwing books and jostling between members and security personnel.

The overflow was observed throughout the winter session with 12 opposition MPs suspended for their unruly behavior during the monsoon session. They sat on dharna in front of the Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises.

Congressman from Trinamool Derek o’brien was then suspended from parliament for the remainder of the winter session after allegedly throwing regulations at the president and leaving Rajya Sabha during protests against an electoral reform bill.

Hoping for a better year 2022, Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said the protests are part of political contestation and an integral part of how legislatures work, but disruption continues, regardless of the sanctity of the rules and the authority of the President derails the functioning of the House.

“Parliament should not be seen as a mere extension of politics. Rather, politics must advance the cause of the parliamentary project. This new policy is the need of the moment. Enter the new year with the determination that this concord marks the functioning of Parliament in the new grand structure so that our parliamentary democracy shines in a new greatness, ”he said.

Echoing similar sentiments, Lok Sabha Chairman Om Birla said people expect parliamentarians to keep their issues and policies at the forefront in parliament, not the politics of their respective parties.

“Public interest and policy issues should take precedence over a party’s political agenda in parliament. This is what people expect from MPs and this approach will further strengthen democracy and people’s confidence in Parliament, ”he said.

India will complete 75 years of independence this year, Birla said, hoping parliamentarians will set new benchmarks for healthy discussions and debates in the new building and usher in a new era of new politics of debate and debate. discussion without any disturbance. .

The Parliament is expected to operate from the new triangular-shaped building which will come to the same premises. The new building is expected to open from this year’s winter session.

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