The only surviving member of the first Lok Sabha who is still a member of Parliament today lamented the growing tendency of MPs to troop into the well of the House to register their protest and resort to disruptions.
Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing,who was a member of the First Lok Sabha in 1952,recalled the high standards of parliamentary democracy then and urged members to follow the footsteps of national leaders.
Taking the MPs down the memory lane,the 92-year-old MP said that when he first became a Lok Sabha MP,he witnessed healthy debates.
Speeches in Parliament used to be peaceful and constructive… intervention used to be very cordial…. that was the best time of Parliamentary democracy, Keishing,who started his parliamentary career as an opposition member from the Socialist Party,recalled. He added,Question hours used to be very peaceful.
The former Manipur chief minister,who is serving his second term in the Rajya Sabha after being elected to the state Assembly seven times,said that when he entered Parliament for the first time,it was an experience for him,sitting with stalwarts like Jawaharlal Nehru,Abul Kalam Azad,Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur on the treasury benches and A K Gopalan,Hiren Mukherjee,Syama Prasad Mookerjee on the opposition side.
The speeches made,either by the ruling party or by the opposition,were listened to with rapt attention,and the interactions were very cordial,very constructive and very peaceful, he recalled.
Asking the MPs to follow in the footsteps of leaders of earlier times,he said,I think,today,what I feel is,excuse me for saying this,that we waste very precious time of the House in matters which are not related to the country.
Keishings speech was greeted by members from treasury as well as opposition benches by thumping of desk.