People always get what they deserve, is the common saying of parliamentary form of governance. But watching the recent happening in the just concluded winter session of Parliament, it defied all the logic and created an impression that whether we are in the right world or not.
On an average estimate to conduct the House of Parliament, it cost the exchequer an amount of Rs. 2.5 Lakh per minute. and the House need to be in session for at least 80 days in an year to conduct the business as usual. The tax payer is the person who is silently bearing all this without uttering a single word, hoping against hope that matters will settle down in course of time.
Leaving apart financials, the main crux of the problem is, what our parliamentarians are up to? Irrespective of whether they belong to Opposition or ruling party, they are answerable to the nation for their behaviour in the august House. This session is considered to be the least productive session in the last decade. Lok Sabha performed 15 per cent of its capacity and Rajya Sabha fared a little better with 18 per cent performance.
Here we cannot blame the Opposition only for this chaos, the ruling party is equally responsible for the happening or non-happening of the House. Taking a cue from the then Opposition party BJP in 2010, virtually stopped the functioning of the House on 2G scandal , the present Opposition party Congress stalled successfully the entire session over demonitisation.
Undoubtedly, the demonitisation is the biggest reform the government undertook, and it is the responsibility of the government to explain its position, how and why the reform is going to effect the country and its importance. It neither took the initiative nor allowed the Opposition party to have one on this issue.
The Prime Minister of India, Mr Modi, resorted to claiming helplessness and saying in public meetings that he is forced to talk out side the parliament house, as he is not allowed to explain his version inside the House.
In the same breath, the Opposition led by Rahul Gandhi's rhetoric of having information about the PM's involvement in corruption will explode like a bomb ended in a damp squib.
Who is blaming whom? Every day we are witnessed to a number of episodes, where common man is made to wait to collect his own money from his account, where as crores of rupees are unearthed from unscrupulous bankers, politicos, business people, for whom the access of new money is not at all an issue.
Definitely this will not last long. It will not make any good for the nation or the politicians who are part of it. The democratic accountablity that a parliament is supposed to provide, is not at all visible, people are sceptic and resorted to rely on the information, that is being dished out in partisan channels, media platforms, where separating truth from fabrication is an impossible task.
Veteran parliamentarians like LK Advani and the President himself expressed their anguish at the happenings of the Parliament, it is easily understandable how the common man feels about the whole episode, and the credibility of the Parliment and parliamentarins at its low ebb, will not bode well for the country and the democratic form of governance, which we are proud of .
The President of India has gone out of the way to reprimand the parliamentarians and warned them sternly "for God's sake, do your work". If they still believe disruption and not discussion is the way out to find a problem to the peoples' plight, even God may not forgive them. The country is watching and no doubt the people responsible will be punished, if they fail to mend their ways.
--Vasireddy Sivaram prasad