Mahajan urges speakers to play pivotal role in strengthening democracy

Speaking at the 5th India Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, Mahajan said asked speakers.

By: Press Trust of India | Panaji | Published:February 12, 2015 1:16 pm
Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday asked the presiding officers of the state Legislative Assemblies and Councils to play a pivotal role in strengthening the country’s democracy, which is looked upon by the world.

“Speakers can play an important role in bringing together people of all the different ideologies. He is a neutral person in the entire parliamentary set up,” Mahajan said.

She was addressing the 5th India Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference which began in Panaji.

“A Speaker can ensure that there is discussion on the bills and laws passed on the floor of a House. This will help India to be the best democracy in the world,” she said.

In India, language changes after every 20 kms. The country has different languages and castes. Everyone wants to make India strong, but we have different sets of thinking, she said.

“Every region has to strengthen itself. But we have to see how we can build the nation while strengthening the state,” Mahajan said.

“We can come together and unitedly discuss the issues. We are considered as the best democratic system in the entire world,” the Speaker added.

During the two-day conference, papers will be presented and discussions will be held on strengthening parliamentary democracy.

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    ambrish
    Feb 13, 2015 at 4:06 am
    They way in which our Parliament operates is appalling. Speaker seems to be powerless to control MPs and conduct the business in orderly fashion. No MPs should be allowed to leave their seat and rush to the center. Not more then one person should be allowed to speak at the same time, Microphones should be on for one person only. Repeated offenders should be bar for the appropriate to address the Parliament. Angry and offensive MPs should be escorted out by local enforcement officials. Ours is not a banana republic. People should feel proud to see the working of democracy not be ashamed of anarchy.
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