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MPs must behave responsibly

The editorial “The elusive MPs: Even question hour has lost sanctity” (Dec 3) has vividly brought out a number of instances of the casual behaviour of MPs towards Parliament sessions. The recent curtailment of Question Hour in the Lok Sabha is another example of their irresponsible conduct.

Our MPs and MLAs should know that they owe their presence in the august Houses to voters. Hence, it is their duty to fight for their causes and welfare. Skipping sessions is an affront to parliamentary democracy and an insult to the people’s mandate.

It may not be out of context to mention that people are yet to forget the expulsion of some MPs allegedly for paid questions. Our elected representatives must try to live down that ignominy instead of continuing with their irresponsible conduct.



It is shocking to learn that 31 out of 38 MPs who had starred questions listed against their names were found absent from the House and the Speaker had to wind up Question Hour much before the  stipulated time.

MPs have already earned a bad name for scuffles, disruptions, walkouts, disorderly scenes and playing to the gallery. Every MP represents lakhs of voters of a constituency. It is earnestly expected of him to be punctual and observe the norms of the House. Being a representative of peoples’ interests, he must voice their grievances and ensure remedial measures.

The nation expects much from its young and energetic MPs. They must come forward, break the nexus between the bureaucracy and politicians and initiate legislation for blocking the entry of criminals in Parliament. Else, the voters would become apathetic and lose interest both in the elections and in parliamentary affairs. The government must pass a law ‘No work,  No pay’ for MPs.



It is a matter of national shame that lawmakers are setting a wrong example by absenting themselves from Parliament sessions. It is unpardonable that in times when prices of essential commodities are touching sky high, the hard earned money of taxpayers is being wasted in such a manner.

Does no code of conduct apply to the political class? Are these MPs not accountable to anyone? The UPA Chief should take the absentee MPs to task. A strict disciplinary action is the need of the hour.



Many MPs do not perform any constructive role and have made Parliament an open fighting house. They indulge in frequent disruptions and slogan shouting.

The taxpayers’ money is also being wasted. When a question is listed, it is studied and the response is prepared with great care by the employees of the ministry concerned. Question hour should not be taken lightly.

M L GARG, Chandigarh

Don’t forget 26/11

The editorial “One year after 26/11: Wounds remain; so do concerns” (Nov 27) was thought provoking. The entire nation seemed to be united when both Houses of Parliament adopted a unanimous resolution to “unitedly fight and defeat terrorism and never again allow them to spill the blood of innocent people” on November 26, exactly one year after the Mumbai attacks.

As a self-respecting nation, we should ensure that the perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks dot no go unpunished. Indeed, it is a failure of not just India but the whole world that it cannot make a rogue nation mend its ways. Besides, a foolproof mechanism should be in place so that such misadventures can be pre-empted.

Last but not the least, the ruling party and the entire opposition as well as the common people must reach out to the families of those killed in the 26/11 attacks and help them in every possible way. It is quite disappointing to note that out of the 403 cases eligible under the PM’s Relief Fund, only 118 had received cheques so far, as claimed by L K Advani (news report, “Parliament resolves to defeat terrorism”, Nov 27).


Global warming

In order to tackle global warming, the world will have to follow  Indian ethos and endorse the maxim, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, meaning the world is one family. Global warming has to be taken seriously.

The reduction and control of greenhouse gas emissions should be made a top priority. India should play a saviour’s role at Copenhagen.

BM SINGH, Amritsar




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