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Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari’s attempts to restore to parliament its pride of place have been met with stout resistance. Earlier...

Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari’s attempts to restore to parliament its pride of place have been met with stout resistance. Earlier Ansari sought to shift the Question Hour to afternoon as invariably it became the casualty as Opposition stalled it almost on a daily basis, but he had to get back to the old system.

Now, Ansari sought to name the MPs responsible for disorderly behaviour in the Rajya Sabha Bulletin, in the hope that it may deter the MPs from resorting to it again and again. This was also resisted by the BJP. The BJP introduced a whole new culture of stalling parliament as an expression of effective opposition to the government.

There was a time even when China attacked India in 1962, the Opposition took the government to task through debate and did not stall the House. The BJP, on the other hand, could never outwit the government in debate and chose to stall parliament, instead. Whenever debate took place, the likes of P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Manish Tewari always floored the Opposition with better presentation of its arguments, armed with facts and figures. Parliament misses the likes of Prof Hiren Mukherjee, who were unsparing in their criticisms of the Congress, but they tried to corner the Congress by marshalling arguments and not by stalling parliament.

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