ANDHRA PRADESH

Lok Sabha Speaker asks youth to join politics

TOGETHER WE WORK: Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Governor Sushilkumar Shinde, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Opposition leader N. Chandrababu Naidu, Assembly Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy and Legislative Affairs Minister K. Rosaiah at the inauguration of Golden Jubilee celebrations of AP Legislative Assembly in Hyderabad on Saturday. — Photo: Satish H.  

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Saturday called upon the young and right thinking people to actively participate in the political process of the country instead of remaining neutral.

There was some cynicism among the well-meaning young people that politics was not good owing to the problems created by some people. It was here that the media should play an important role in creating awareness among young people to participate in the political process.

Addressing a press conference here, he wanted the media to play a proactive role in ensuring that politics was not treated as a dirty game and people would not lose self-respect by going politics. "The media should help remove these aberrations," he said.

The Lok Sabha Speaker, at the same time, advised political parties not to stall the proceedings of the House, as it would serve no purpose for them. There was a widespread impression among political parties that the issue they were highlighting would succeed by stalling the proceedings.

However, it was turning counter-productive as important issues were not coming up for discussion in the elected bodies. On criminalisation of politics, Mr. Chatterjee replied that the definition of a criminal was not clear. He said he was opposed to making educational qualifications mandatory for entering the political process, as it would deprive the rural people from joining politics.

He said that he had allowed an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on the Volcker controversy and the issue had been discussed for five hours.