Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankar on Monday asked the Opposition how long it would keep justifying disruptions of proceedings going by the past precedents, saying when there was time to put forth its views the Congress was absent from house. Participating in a discussion on Parliamentary Journey of 75 Years Starting from Samvidhan Sabha — Achievements, Experiences, Memories, and Learnings,' Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge said that with disruptions, his party was only following the example of late BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj when they were in Opposition.
Quoting a remark from Jaitley from an Upper House proceeding on January 30, 2011, Kharge said, «The job of Parliament is to discuss.
Whenever issues are ignored, creating obstacles is in the interest of the public system. Therefore, parliamentary obstruction cannot be called undemocratic.»
«Swaraj too had said in the Lok Sabha, 'Not allowing Parliament to function is also a form of democracy in other words.'
»When we are doing the same, we are attacked," Kharge said.
The chairman responded to his remarks, saying, «After thinking carefully, tell me, how long will we continue to disturb the house based on past precedent? How long will we continue to justify the disturbance.»
When Kharge remarked he does not allow him to speak, the Chairman stopped him saying he feels sad because «when participation could have taken place, you people were not there.»
Congress leaders including Jairam Ramesh urged the chair to allow LoP to complete his speech.
«Why are you commentating on his speech? Allow him to speak… You are constantly interrupting,» said Ramesh.
Dhankar pulled up Ramesh for his intervention on behalf of Kharge and told him not to