It was really shameful and shocking to see three BJP MPs carrying money to the floor of the House and displaying it. They could have met the Speaker in his chamber or elsewhere to complain about the bribe allegedly offered to them to abstain from voting.
The people will never get to know the truth — whether the BJP MPs were actually bribed or not. But the public display of money in Parliament and its impact will further erode the people’s faith in the elected representatives, and add to their indifference.
The nuclear deal may or may not be good for India but its fallout has tarnished Parliament and brought shame to our democracy.
The unexpected money display in Parliament brought shame to the largest democracy in the world. I wonder how much of the total money offered was brought to Parliament and why the BJP MPs did not expose the offer before the Prime Minister’s speech.
Was the display of cash a shame on the MPs? No. It was a shame on us, you and me, who voted for them without ascertaining their credentials or on frivolous considerations. Let us identify the MPs and keep them out forever, even if it means wasting our vote. I hope the ‘none of the above’ option will be made available to voters soon.
Notwithstanding the outcome of the trust vote, it was sad and shameful to see the deteriorating standards and quality of parliamentary debates. Many of the MPs did not do their homework on such an important issue. Many, I am sure, did not even go through the text of the nuclear deal. It is we, the voters, who are responsible for electing such people as our representatives. If things in Parliament have to change, we should change.