Monday, December 13, 2010

Lok Satta voices concern over derailment of democracy

The Lok Satta Party today expressed concern over the washout of the winter session of the Lok Sabha because of the logjam over constitution of a joint parliamentary committee to probe the 2-G spectrum scandal.

In a media statement, party Working President D. V. V. S. Varma and Secretary P. Bhaskara Rao regretted that instead of focusing their attention on recouping the money the exchequer has lost and preventing such scandals in future, both the ruling and Opposition parties wrangled on JPC, unmindful of the futility of such inquiries in the past.

It was tragic that political parties themselves derailed discussions in the largest democracy of the world. Legislatures have to discuss people’s problems and enact laws. If legislators fail to discharge their duty, people lose.

The Lok Satta condemned the State Government for arresting farmers’ leaders who had come to the Legislature premises to represent their problems to the Chief Minister. The Government ought to have made a statement on ensuring remunerative prices to farmers for their produce, purchase of discolored paddy, input subsidy, and measures to help tenants.

The Lok Satta leaders pointed out that democracy would be in danger if legislatures lost credibility.

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