Disruptions in legislatures negate Constitution's spirit, says Vice President Naidu

By ANI | Published: November 26, 2021 01:19 PM2021-11-26T13:19:33+5:302021-11-26T13:30:01+5:30

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday asserted that legislatures should respect people's mandate to governments and added that disruptions in legislatures negate the Constitution's spirit.

Disruptions in legislatures negate Constitution's spirit, says Vice President Naidu | Disruptions in legislatures negate Constitution's spirit, says Vice President Naidu

Disruptions in legislatures negate Constitution's spirit, says Vice President Naidu

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday asserted that legislatures should respect people's mandate to governments and added that disruptions in legislatures negate the Constitution's spirit.

Addressing an event in the Central Hall of the Parliament, Naidu laments a steep fall in the productivity of Rajya Sabha and said, "Forging national unity is a core constitutional value and one Indian community is the need of the hour."

Naidu asserted that with the Constitution of India requiring the country to be a democratic republic, legislatures of the country should be guided by dialogue and debate and should not be rendered dysfunctional through persistent disruptions.

He expressed concern over a steady decline in the productivity of the Rajya Sabha.

Naidu elaborated on the disjunction between the spirit and provisions of the Constitution and the actual practice stating that the Constitution is a statement of values, ideas and ideals and seeking to ensure justice, liberty and equality for all in the true spirit of fraternity, the law of the land sought to promote national unity so that India could emerge as one community.

He stressed that all citizens and stakeholders should work with passion for the nation.

Expressing concern over the dysfunctional legislatures on account of persistentdisruptions, Naidu informed that the productivity of the House has hit the lowest ever of 35.75 per cent during 2018, a year before the last General elections and further slipped to 29.60 per cent during the last 254th session.

He further said that while the annual productivity of Rajya Sabha has been over 100 per cent for 16 years from 1979 to 1994, it has been only twice in 1998 and 2009 during the next 26 years.

The Chairman urged all concerned to ponder over rendering the legislatures so dysfunctional.

Vice President Naidu stressed that "Tolerance towards the mandate of the people by the guiding spirit for the legislatures".

Referring to dialogue and debates in the Constituent Assembly marked by an openness to new perspectives and willingness to listen to diverse views, Chairman Naidu urged the elected representatives to choose between being a bad lot or a good lot who can respectively fail even a good Constitution and work a defective one.

He expressed concern over disruptions resulting in inadequate scrutiny of the bills.

Vice President Naidu lauded the empowerment of women with the Constitution granting them the Right to Vote in one stroke while it took 144 years for the US and 100 years for the UK to do so and enable women as partners in shaping the destiny of the country.

Stating that inclusion is the sole object of the Constitution, Naidu stated, "Spirit is echoed in the overarching philosophy of the Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that believes in "Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas"."

Stating that the Constitution of India has worked broadly well so far, he referred to certain unfortunate efforts to subvert its spirit and philosophy during the dark period of the emergency which was fortunately undone and said, "We, the people, have time and again demonstrated that we will now allow this beautiful tree to wither."

Naidu called for strict adherence to the spirit and provisions of the Constitution of India so that the country can be taken to the next level and occupy its rightful place in the comity of nations as a Sushikshit Bharat, Surakshit Bharat, Swastha Bharat, Atmanirbhar Bharat and ultimately Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat.

Constitution Day was celebrated in the Central Hall of the Parliament. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and others attended the event.

The nation celebrates Constitution Day on November 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.

( With inputs from ANI )

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