Govt-Oppn deadlock leads to judicial intervention,says Speaker

However,the Speaker added that the Opposition went overboard at times on a particular issue.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published: December 7, 2013 12:42 am

The failure of the government to address issues raised by the Opposition often leads to the judicial intervention,state Assembly’s Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said Friday.

“The state government should be more responsive and Opposition more responsible to ensure maximum work with minimum conflict,” Patil told The Indian Express ahead of the two-week long winter session in Nagpur commencing from December 9.

“The state Assembly should not become a forum to trade charges or duck the relevant issues that relate to the public welfare,” said Patil,who has served as the minister of power and finance and planning in state cabinet. “If the government ignores the Opposition,they are bound to adopt different methods to get their voice heard,” he added,referring to frequent demonstrations by the Opposition parties in Vidhan Bhawan premises.

On the Opposition’s criticism against ministers missing from the House during important legislative business,he said,“ Yes,I believe the ministers should be present in the House when important issues related to their departments are being debated.”

However,the Speaker added that the Opposition went overboard at times on a particular issue.

Patil,who is an MLA representing Ambegaon constituency (Manchar) in Pune district,expressed serious concerns over the developments wherein the judiciary has to intervene in executive functioning. “Everybody should explore why it has come to such a state. When the Opposition raises an issue,it should be effectively taken to logical by the government. Otherwise,it is bound to go to court.”

On the cases of breach of privilege against bureaucrats in the Assembly,the Speaker said,“A member exercises privilege available to him/her to highlight issues in public domain. It could also be cases against bureaucrats. If each one exercises their authority with utmost responsibility,the problem will not arise. I will not like to comment on individuals or any case. It applies to one and all.”

“Both politicians and bureaucrats have to adhere to their Laxman rekha. And both have to work in coordination and avoid conflict,” he said.

Patil,however,is of the view that the Opposition’s criticism against the government’s rising budget allocations through supplementary demands every session is unwarranted. “The government knows its budget limits and it is for them to decide whether they should release the budget plans for a year or at periodical intervals. Nothing wrong in it,” he said.

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