Wasted session makes mockery of democracy: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday lashed out at the BJP for not having allowed Parliament to function during the monsoon session and assured the country of necessary corrective action on the CAG report on allocation of coal blocks between 2006 and 2009.Updated: Sep 08, 2012 01:42 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday lashed out at the BJP for not having allowed Parliament to function during the monsoon session and assured the country of necessary corrective action on the CAG report on allocation of coal blocks between 2006 and 2009.
“We have just ended a wasted session of Parliament…..I feel very strongly that this is making a mockery of Parliamentary democracy,” the Prime Mini stated in a written message to the nation on the last day of the session.Earlier, he spoke to the reporters, conveying similar sentiments.
He termed the BJP’s tactics of disrupting Parliament as “negation of democracy” and appealed to the people to stand up and unite against what he termed forces of anarchy.
Singh said the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the allocation of coal blocks was used by the Opposition for repeated disruption and even the government’s offer to discuss it immediately in Parliament was not accepted.
“Leaders of the Opposition saw it fit to demand my resignation before Parliament was even allowed to take a view on the report,” Singh stated.
Taking a dig at the BJP without taking its name, the Prime Minister said the CAG cannot be strengthened as an institution by using its reports to prevent discussion and cause disruption. “I assure all of you that the issues raised in the CAG report are not being swept under the carpet. They will be discussed in Parliament as they should be. Whatever corrective action is necessary will be taken,” said Singh.
The Prime Minister said the country was facing many internal and external problems which included communal tension, ethnic violence and the ever present threat of naxalism.
“Terrorism remains a serious threat. The country should be concerned about what is happening in the northeastern states. These are some of the issues Parliament should have debated, but it was not allowed to function,” Singh said.