Friday, November 25, 2011

Not Another Logjam

The first few days of the Winter Session of Parliament augur tough times ahead for the UPA-II Government. Even before the session began, the principle opposition BJP declared a boycott of Home Minister P Chidambaram, alleging his hand in the 2G Spectrum scam.

However, the time is not for politicking. Currently, 31 bills are pending before Parliament, while the Government wishes to introduce 21 new bills. Given that the current session is for a measly 17 days, their is an urgency to get these bills passed.

And yet, the Opposition and even some components of the ruling combine continue to disrupt activities over some reason or the other. On the one hand, this reflects poorly on the Opposition, which seems to have forgotten that they are MPs elected to legislate, not goons who are supposed to destroy the parliamentary system of our country. The Government for one needs to be less officious and talk with an open mind with the Opposition, while also managing its own flock.

A massive amount of important legislation is pending in Parliament, including the Lokpal Bill. This session must be extended if necessary and cannot be washed under any circumstances.

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