That the Opposition stalled Parliament mainly on the issue of price rise is ironic as the monster of inflation was pampered by the UPA regime. The Congress must be reminded that it was former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who in the end said that he did not have a magic wand to rein in inflation. What could not be tamed in 10 years cannot be tackled in 10 weeks. The unprecedented price rise is one of the main causes for the UPA biting the dust. It is also the lopsided way in which high purchasing power is concentrated in the hands of a few consumers who buy what they aspire for at any cost while the rest struggle to find ways to make both ends meet.
It is always easy to blame the previous government for price rise. Traditionally, the BJP gets its support from the members of the trading community. Price rise during a BJP-led government at the Centre was unheard of.
During the meeting the Speaker had with members of parties ahead of the Parliament session, she declared that the session would have 28 sittings and 168 working hours. So far so good. But how will Parliament be made to function without some people trooping into the well of the House, shouting slogans and paralysing the working of the House? The Congress may adopt the same tactics the BJP resorted to during the UPA-II regime. This time, the cost of disrupting the House on flimsy grounds should be tackled by fining parties that indulge in disruption.
G.M. Rama Rao,
The pretext for disrupting Parliament on Day 1 was unreasonable. There is an urgent need for discussion and not pandemonium. We cannot afford to have any more washouts of sessions as was the norm in the past. The government and the Opposition have to unite and solve our problems. The measure of parliamentary sittings must not be judged by its “duration” but by its “donation.”