“Parliament and State legislatures should be allowed to function normally for the sake of a strong democracy,” Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said here on Wednesday. Speaking at a seminar on the transition of Tripura from a monarchy to democracy, she expressed unhappiness over repeated disruptions especially in the lower house of Parliament.

When normal business in Parliament and the Assembly did not take place, it adversely affected serious issues pertaining to the people at large and were not in the interests of democracy, she said.

She said democracy became strong when people hailing from all sections of society could exercise their legitimate rights and urged for efforts to empower even the weakest person. She deplored the poor representation of women in legislative bodies.

Ms. Kumar, however, lauded Tripura for displaying the highest voting trend in the country as recorded in the 2008 and 2013 Assembly elections. “I am glad that the women franchise in Tripura in last Assembly poll was 93 per cent,” she said.

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, State Assembly Speaker Romendra Chandra Nath, and a host of dignitaries spoke on the occasion.

The Golden Jubilee celebrations of Tripura got underway on July 1 last when a one-day special session of the Assembly was convened. The year-long celebrations mark the transition of the Assembly from the Tripura Territorial Council 50 years ago.