Days before he demits office as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, P J Kurien on Tuesday said the trend of both the government and opposition indulging in “one-upmanship” should change for smooth functioning of Parliament.
The revolt against Kurien, who has been a Lok Sabha member for six consecutive terms, came close on the heels of the severe drubbing the Congress faced in the recent by-election at Chengannur assembly segment.
The Opposition parties have been alleging that the provisions in the bill are too harsh and need a relook, for which it should be referred to a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha. If the bill now goes to the Select committee in Rajya Sabha for consideration, the passage of the bill may get delayed by a year.
As he reeled out past and present budget numbers, and statistics pertaining to various programmes of his ministry, restless Opposition members began making noises and requested him to conclude. Even Deputy Chairperson P J Kurien got impatient. At one point, he even threatened to switch his mike off.
He made the remarks after KTS Tulsi (Nominated) said that 50 lawmakers from 12 parties have signed and given a notice under rule 188 for breach of privilege by certain media houses for twisting and distorting of the remarks by Naresh Agarwal (SP).
Terming the issue raised by the Opposition as a serious matter, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said if anything has been expunged, no one can print it and nobody has the authority to file an FIR on the basis of the expunged remarks.