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Undermining Parliament

The ruling party and the opposition have become partners in the crime of destroying Parliament.

The first nine days of the winter session of Parliament were completely lost due to repeated disruption of the house and adjournments. Most of the blame can be put at the door of the opposition parties which seem to have taken a decision not to allow the smooth functioning of Parliament, though some ruling party members too have been involved in creating disruption in the House.

The disruptions in the winter session are in line with the disruptions in the previous sessions of the sitting 15th Lok Sabha and there seems to be a secular decline in the time Parliament has been giving to the work it should be doing. A Member of Parliament recently pointed out that the Lower House was in session for 128 days each year during the 1950s, for 100 days at the end of the 1980s and for only 70 days in the noughties. Even when in session, time is lost due to disruptions: 9%, 5% and 10% in the 10th, 11th and 12th Lok Sabhas, respectively. The 14th Lok Sabha saw as much as 38% of the time lost because of disruptions; this may be even higher in the 15th Lok Sabha (Indian Express, 7 December 2011).

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