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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee

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Somnath Chatterjee tells legislators

NEW DELHI: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Wednesday called upon legislators to work towards the ultimate common goal of ensuring welfare of the people, who are the real masters. He was delivering a lecture on “Parliamentary Ethics'' organised by the Delhi Assembly and the Bureau of Legislative Studies at Old Secretariat here.

Mr. Chatterjee said every member of the Legislative Assembly should “come to be known for his or her competence, integrity, discipline, and for being dedicated to the common cause of the welfare of the people''.

He said it should be remembered that people have bestowed on the legislators the great responsibility of representing them in the governance of society and therefore, as leaders of society, the legislators have the bounden duty to help in realising the dreams of the people.

The veteran parliamentarian also noted that rhetoric or demagogy alone would not take the legislators too far. Ultimately, he said, survival in the public arena would depend on the way in which they touch the lives of the people.

“We the people's representatives should be looked at by the people as their role models and the ones who are guiding their destiny,'' he said.

Delhi Assembly Speaker Yoganand Shastri in his address said that in order to maintain the highest traditions in parliamentary life members are expected to observe a certain standard of conduct both inside the House as well as outside it.

He said their behaviour should be such as to enhance the dignity of the Assembly and its members in general.

Stating that the conduct of members should not be contrary to the usage or derogatory to the dignity of the House or in any way inconsistent with the standards the Legislative Assembly is entitled to expect of its members, Dr. Shastri said an Ethics Committee would oversee the moral and ethical conduct of members of the Delhi Assembly and it would also make necessary recommendations after investigating complaints and frame a code of conduct specifying acts which constitute unethical conduct.

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