The mantra of democracy is ‘discuss, debate and decide’ :Naidu to RS members

The mantra of democracy is ‘discuss, debate and decide’ :Naidu to RS members

Don't do or say anything that could damage India's image: Venkaiah Naidu to RS  members - The Economic Times

On Saturday, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu told members of the house not to do or say anything that would damage India`s image or be used by the enemies.

Naidu while inaugurating the programme said that the mantra of democracy is ‘discuss, debate and decide’.

He said that the free writing and expression should not be used in a wrong way.

“The House frequently runs into problems on account of repeated recourse to certain rules,” he told the new members.

“If you start seeking recourse to (Rule) 267, you cannot run the House. It is very rarely used. It is like ‘Brahmastra’, (which is used) when other ‘astras’ (weapons) do not succeed. If you (frequently) start taking recourse to ‘Brahmastra’, it becomes an ‘astra’,” he said.

Rule 267 says that the discussion should be on the issue leaving everything else aside.

The opposition have asked to discuss about farmers protest and high fuel prices during he budget session.

He said, “Discussing issues which are not connected to us and going out of the way while trying to paint the country in a negative light is not going to help.”

“We may have political differences. We oppose each other. But at the same time, when the country is concerned, we should not do anything or say anything which will damage the country’s image which our enemies will use and say this has been said in the Indian parliament.”

“We shouldn’t give them such a scope because unity, integrity, safety and security of the nation is vital for all,” he said.

“You have the power to block a legislation provided you have the numbers. One cannot obstruct physically. Then that is the negation of democracy,” he said.

“Brute majorities have been used by all parties. I don’t think it was used only by some and opposition parties know that the majority is given by people and the majority is decided on the floor of the House,” he said.

He said that there are some misconceptions about the privileges that can be used to criticise each other.

“If someone obstructs you from discharging your responsibility, it leads to privilege. If you criticise each other and say privilege is affected, it is not so,” Naidu said.

He said free speech and expression are allowed in a democracy but they “shouldn’t cause disaffection in society”.

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