Communist Party of India (CPI) Rajya Sabha MP, Binoy Viswam has written to the President of India regarding the manner the government proceeded to convene the upcoming Special Session of Parliament from September 18 to 22.
The move was taken in an effort to uplift the parliamentary democracy and to safeguard the Indian Constitution, stated CPI Manipur State Council, in a release.
It said that the Special Session will not have any of the functions that Parliament as a legislature has always performed, including zero-hour, question hour or private member’s day, nor the agenda for these five days was circulated.
It asserted that the function of the Parliament is to keep the government accountable to the people, however, such actions make one wonder whether this session will be an Executive Parliament, replacing the House where debates, discussions and dissents took place.
It mentioned that as witnessed in the previous sessions, the government stifled the members from discussing issues of utmost importance including Manipur and hurriedly passed several laws with far-reaching consequences with little or no debate.
It appears that with this Special Session, the government intends to give a clear message that a parliamentary majority has enabled them to completely do away with the parliamentary system, it stated.
‘It is evident that the system of checks and balances envisaged in the Constitution is under a major threat’, it mentioned.
The MP sought the President’s intervention to preserve the parliamentary system and to allow parliamentary sessions to be a platform where questions and matters of importance are raised and deliberated upon, it added.
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