New Delhi: As the government and opposition braced for a tumultuous budget session, President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday advised Members of Parliament (MPs) of both Houses against any “disruption and obstruction”. While addressing the first session of Parliament, Mukherjee also asked to “discharge their solemn responsibilities in a spirit of cooperation and mutual accommodation”
The President also reminded MPs that “our Parliament reflects the supreme will of the people”. By drawing shloka of Sanskrit, he even said that, “Let noble thoughts come from all directions… should be the spirit behind debate in this temple of democracy.”
The Rajya Sabha is scheduled to take up a discussion on Wednesday on the ongoing unrest at Hyderabad University following the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula last month, and the sedition row at JNU.
For the meantime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a talk with the reporters outside parliament and said that, “I hope Parliament will be utilised for intensive discussions. There should be full criticism of the government. The deficiencies of the government should also be exposed. And, that is the only way to strengthen democracy and fulfil hopes and aspirations of common people.”
“The eyes of 125 crore countrymen are focused on Parliament… The world is also paying attention to the budget 2016 session due to India’s position in the global economy today.” Modi said there had been discussions with parties on “rising above formalities” and “one-on-one talks have also taken place”.
“In our meetings, friends from opposition have shown a positive attitude and people will feel it (during the session),” he further added.
On the other hand, there appeared to be something disconnected between the government and the opposition as only the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were seen exchanging pleasantries with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.