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Breach of Parliamentary Tradition

New Delhi, Mon, 21 Jul 2008 NI Wire

POLITICAL PARTY is a group of people who come together to contest elections and hold power in the govt. Yes, this is now what is prevalent in the present scenario of Indian politics; a game to attain power. The recent debate on the Indo-US nuclear deal following Left’s withdrawal of support from the UPA government and the importance of regional parties to come into the fray of political bargain seemed pointless. However, what is most astonishing is the fierce friction over Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. The Communist parties have completely violated the parliamentary conventions and traditions.

The Speaker, after unanimously being elected for the post is entirely above any party politics and merely remains a representative and guardian of the house. No party can ask him/her to resign from the post including the party s/he primarily belongs to; s/he can only be removed from the office by a majority resolution passed by the house. Chatterjee has so far done the same by refusing to resign the parliament, when his party, CPM, politburo asked him to quit the post ahead of the trust-vote against the UPA the government.

Being one of the oldest and foremost leader of CPI(M), Somnath Chatterjee has been portrayed as a non-partisan character with utmost fairness. Giving some sense of his impeccable personal integrity, Mr. Chatterjee didn’t hesitate to expel ten members of the parliament on the charge of accepting bribe to ask questions; he even raised a strong voice against the judicial overreach with respect to the legislature. No doubt he is a man of discipline, and with a changing political scenario, probably the communists on their ideological clock tickling within the party line are overlooking the principles of our parliamentary democracy and constitution.

The CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, now the man of the moment has led the whole course of opposing government on nuclear-deal even at the cost of secularism and then compelling the Speaker to quit the post. Karat here is considering the treaty more with US, which has been supported by both Russia and China, than their not-so-conventional allies with Congress on the issue of keeping the communal forces out of power. Karat and his party colleagues have completely ignored the fact that even if the N-deal has something untoward, it is at least less harrowing than the constant efforts of the parties to degrade and divide the whole nation on communal basis.

No matter what the Left’s attitude is towards the nuclear deal, no party has a right to wreck the democratic values. It is unfortunate to witness the rubbish attempts made by some of the top brass leaders of the left front who not only disregard the constitutional principles but also the knowledge as well as the ability of the spokesperson to take a decision on his own.

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