Pranab urges Opposition not to stall Parliament

Peeved over the continued disruption of Parliament, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday urged all political parties to find a mechanism to resolve the impasse between the treasury benches and the Opposition. He also pointed out that the Opposition was making a mountain out of a molehill on the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report on the 2G spectrum and Commonwealth Games. “Parliament is meant for important legislations. If it cannot be passed and even if it is passed without debate, without due diligence, are you doing justice to it? Therefore my most respectful submission would be, let us think and try to find out ourselves that in what way, what mechanism we could adopt to resolve this impasse” was the advice that the veteran Parliamentarian gave to all MPs while speaking in the Rajya Sabha while replying to the Appropriation Bill.

“I have been in Parliament for the past 40 years…I have seen the entire session washed out; I have never seen newly inducted Ministers — who are accountable to the House — not being introduced by the Prime Minister [because of disruption] ,” Mr. Mukherjee said.

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