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The great ‘Illegitimacy’ debate

LK Advani’s reference to the events going into 2008 was totally inappropriate and uncalled for which were a violation of parliamentary norms and a waste of precious time and public money just to score political brownie points
     
The opening day of the monsoon session of Parliament session saw democratic values hitting an abject new low. The Leader of the Opposition and a BJP leader of long standing, possibly longer than any of the young MPs, sounding more like an angry old man rather than the grand old leader of the principal opposition party in the Lok Sabha.  

Lal Krishna Advani initiated a parliamentary debate with a disparaging reference to the 2008 confidence vote by horribly mixing his facts and describing the subsequent UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government ‘illegitimate’ thundering—“Never in Indian history crores of rupees were spent to win votes in the House.” When pandemonium broke out, the usually unflappable UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, for the first time in 14 years was seen getting agitated to angrily gesture wildly pointing fingers to intervene as many as nine times and signal Congress MPs to retaliate by stonewalling Advani. This prompted the Speaker to threaten to rule that she would order the expunction of the ‘objectionable’ remarks. It was only after Advani withdrew the remark by clarifying that he was referring to the “2008 cash–for-vote” scam that he was allowed to continue his speech.   

Media went overboard to scream with headlines—“Advani loses UPA plot, Sonia her cool” said one, another—“Angry Sonia makes Advani swallow his illegal words in LS”.  It has rightly questioned the relevance and context of Advani’s remark when the parliamentary procedures require speeches on such occasions to be restricted only to matters under notice for adjournment censure motion and discussion and on urgent current matters.

In this case the notice was for discussion on the government’s continuing failure on the Assam violence. His reference to the events going into 2008 was totally inappropriate by being irrelevant and uncalled for and went on to strongly condemn the violation of parliamentary norms and a waste of precious time and public money just to score political brownie points.

(Nagesh Kini is a Mumbai-based chartered accountant turned activist.)

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R Balakrishnan

5 years ago

Given the quality of people in the parliament and that one third of them face criminal charges,where is the question of any decorum? It is a free for all place. Not that I support the geriatric man who gave a sham of an apology. This is no news at all. In a parliament where we have film stars and defaulters, what respect should one have for the institution as a law making one?

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Rajkumar Singh

In Reply to R Balakrishnan 5 years ago

The same question is raised against the voters, what respect will they have for choosing the corrupt, inefficient politicians?

It is very easy to blame others under the garb of a tax-payer or honest or a law abiding citizens, but very difficult to bear the reverse remarks or comments from a like minded people or friends!

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

We have chosen them. We are responsible for their misconducts. And they know the morality of the people which they use it during the elections.

Each session starts with a plot, then objection, angry, argument, debate, etc., because it has to have a drama, tragedy, emotions, etc. to make an entertaining one for all is well that ends well.

If such things are not reported, no one will watch TV or read newspaper.

Those who are in the business know the taste of their users, consumers, readers, viewers, and accordingly, they sell their products.

Media is under an obligation to provide social service, but it goes beyond that for its vetsted interest.

Before pointing a finger towards anyone, we should understand that the 3 fingers are pointing towards us only.

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

We have chosen them. We are responsible for their misconducts. And they know the morality of the people which they use it during the elections.

Each session starts with a plot, then objection, angry, argument, debate, etc., because it has to have a drama, tragedy, emotions, etc. to make an entertaining one for all is well that ends well.

If such things are not reported, no one will watch TV or read newspaper.

Those who are in the business know the taste of their users, consumers, readers, viewers, and accordingly, they sell their products.

Media is under an obligation to provide social service, but it goes beyond that for its vetsted interest.

Before pointing a finger towards anyone, we should understand that the 3 fingers are pointing towards us only.

Baba Ramdev launches fast, declares fight for Lokpal on

Returning to Ramlila Maidan where he was bundled out in the middle of night in June last year after a police crackdown, Baba Ramdev claimed his agitation was neither against any individual nor targeted at any political party

 
New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday launched a three-day fast along with his supporters demanding immediate action to enact a strong Lokpal and steps to bring back black money stashed away in foreign banks failing which he will announce his future strategy, reports PTI.
 
Returning to Ramlila Maidan in the heart of the capital from where he was bundled out in the middle of night in June last year after a police crackdown, the yoga guru claimed his agitation was neither against any individual nor targeted at any political party.
 
Taking his supporters by surprise, Ramdev announced he would go on a fast for three days over demands that also include an independent CBI.
 
"We will go without food and water for three days. After that, we think about our future strategy," he told his supporters.
 
Offering to talk to the government on the issues, Ramdev also demanded a change in the process of appointing Election Commissioners, CAG, CVC and CBI Director.
 
He also shed some light on his association with the erstwhile team led by Anna Hazare, saying he was supportive of the agenda being pursued by the social activist but was not part of the team.
 
"The fight for Lokpal has not ended but we will take it forward. All corrupt people have to be punished," he said and demanded that a strong Lokpal Bill be passed in the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament.
 
Ramdev's comments assume significance as they come days after Hazare called off his fast and disbanded his team which has decided to take a political plunge.
 
"We are not against any individual or party. Our intention is to make India a great nation. This is not to overthrow someone from power," he said.
 
Ramdev said he has no political agenda and the second phase of his protest will be announced if the government does not agree to his demands on blackmoney, Lokpal Bill, appointment procedures and making CBI independent.
 
Referring to Union Minister Harish Rawat's statement that the government was ready to talk to him, he said that he was also open to dialogue with it.
 
"Somebody in power is saying they are ready to talk to us. I am telling Sonia Gandhi that our doors are also open for dialogue," he said.
 
Anna Hazare was not there at the fast venue though he had earlier declared that he will join the protest.
 
"Many have questioned about this 'andolan' (movement). We are with Anna's social agenda but not with the team. We will not cement and trigger controversy. No body from the dais will talk," Ramdev said.
 
He reached the venue this morning to a thunderous welcome from his supporters. Before coming to the venue, he visited Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.
 
Ramdev's previous protest in Ramlila Maidan from June four, last year ended in a midnight police crackdown on the morning of June six with authorities claiming that he violated the norms agreed upon. He was caught by the police while trying to flee from the venue in a woman's attire.
 
A poster of Ramdev's close aide Balakrishna, who is in CBI custody in connection with a fake document case, alongside freedom fighters at the protest venue triggered a controversy following which it was removed.
 
"We respect all freedom fighters," Ramdev said.
 
As Ramdev arrived at the venue, all those present on the dais moved out of the dais.
 

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Home Minister Shinde forced to eat his words, apologise in Rajya Sabha

Shinde while snapping at Jaya Bachchan for interrupting him said, his reply to the Assam violence issue is a serious matter and not the subject of a film, which angered other members

 
New Delhi: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was on Thrusday forced to eat his words and apologise in the Rajya Sabha after he made unwarranted remarks about SP member Jaya Bachchan triggering an uproar, reports PTI.
 
Shinde was replying to a short duration debate on the Assam violence and Bachchan, a well known cine actress interrupted to say that the minister was not responding to specific queries raised by members.
 
"This is a serious matter. This is not the subject of a film," Shinde said snapping at Ms Bachchan for interrupting him.
 
Jaya Bachchan took serious objection to the home minister's comment and was joined by other members triggering an uproar in the House.
 
Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley said Bachchan is a distinguished celebrity and a member of the House and "as Home Minister of India, you cannot taunt her in this House. I will urge the Home Minister to make amends and withdraw comments so that the House can proceed".
 
Shinde initially persisted, saying that Bachchan was not doing the right thing by interrupting when the Home Minister was speaking in the house.
 
At this Jaitley sought the intervention of Tariq Anwar, who was in the Chair, asking for a deletion of Shinde's remarks if he was not willing to withdraw them.
 
Shinde then said, "If she is hurt by my comments, I apologise for that. She is my sister." The Home Minister maintained that he knew the entire Bachchan family and "I have great respect" (for them).
 
Significantly, the Home Minister concluded his reply abruptly amid protests by Opposition members that he had left important questions unanswered.
 
Taking a dig at Shinde for repeating what he had said on the issue in Lok Sabha yesterday, Balbir Punj (BJP) likened him to a student "who memorises his subject on the previous night and repeats the same regardless of the questions". Some members were heard shouting that Shinde should be sent back to his home state.
 
 
 
 

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nagesh kini

5 years ago

In the Lok Sabha, the Leader of the Opposition Advani goofed with his "Illegitimacy" remark that the speaker had to order to be expunged if not retracted.
Now the amcha Shinde thought he could get away by beating about the bush in answering a valid question. Would it have made any difference if the question was posed by a criminally charged MP or a wrestler and not a film star?
The same Balbir Punj of BJP, in his response to why the MPs blow up crores in study tours abroad - why not when mantris,shantris and babus spurge why not allow the MPs? Any takers?

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