The winter session of Parliament, a session which is being seen as one of the most important as several key bills such as the GST still remain pending, has been stalled by the Opposition’s protests on every other day.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu had a few days ago initiated a meeting with the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh to discuss and hear their views and demands on the GST bill.
Days after that meeting the parties are still to come up with a solution. For now it seems the Opposition will continue to disrupt Parliament.
The current scenario in the parliament made Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today post a message on Facebook. Through his post he conveyed how the Opposition was not allowing the house to function.
Here is Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post:
PT. NEHRU AND PARLIAMENT
The last Session of the Parliament did not function. The current Session of the Parliament is also threatened with a wash out. The reasons for the wash out of the current Session keep changing by the hour. The nation is waiting for the Parliament to discuss public issues, to legislate and approve a historic Constitution Amendment enabling the GST. All this is being indefinitely delayed. The question we need to ask ourselves is, “are we being fair to ourselves and this country?”
Today, I re-read a speech on the Parliamentary system by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. It was delivered on 28th March, 1957 – the last day of First Lok Sabha. The speech is a must read for all of us. An important paragraph of the speech reads thus:
“Here, we have sat in this Parliament, the sovereign authority of India, responsible for the governance of India. Surely, there can be no higher responsibility or greater privilege than to be a member of this sovereign body which is responsible for the fate of the vast number of human beings who live in this country. All of us, if not always, at any rate from time to time, must have felt this high sense of responsibility and destiny to which we had been called. Whether we were worthy of it or not is another matter. We have functioned, therefore, during these five years not only on the edge of history but sometimes plunging into the processes of making history.”
Those who claim the legacy of Pandit ji must ask themselves the question, what kind of history are they making.