Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan today condusted an all party meeting at her residence here at New Delhi. The ongoing demonetisation drive undertaken by the government have united a section of the opposition against the government. So it is expected that the opposition might try to stall the parliamentary proceedings when the winter session starts on November 19.
From experience of earlier sessions it is quite evident that the opposition, however divided it might be will try to gang up against the central government and possibilities are high that they will raise slogans against the government and try to stall the parliamentary proceedings. Though it is not clear about the content of the discussion but sources reveal that it was held keeping in view the winter session of the parliament.
Earlier in the day, the speaker addressed a gathering at the 5th annual Dr L M Singhvi Foundation lecture and expressed hope that the issue of delay in appointment of judges to the higher judiciary after the Supreme Court quashed the NJAC Act would get resolved soon and pitched for reforming and fast-tracking the justice delivery system to instill confidence in public. “If far reaching judicial reforms are not initiated with a great sense of urgency and devotion, the image of judiciary may be eroded in the eyes of the public, thereby endangering the whole civil society and our democracy.”
On fast tracking of justice delivery system Mahajan said, “We have to think and act in terms of filling up vacancies for post of judges in the judiciary which is one of the reasons for delay in dispensing justice.”
“However, the increase in number of judges has to be calibrated carefully to ensure that quality does not get compromised in the process,” she added.
The eight-time Parliamentarian also expressed hope that the issue of National Judicial Aappointments Commission (NJAC), which had been struck down by the apex court, would soon get resolved soon with the cooperation of all concerned.
The Speaker said “I also feel that the best way to bring the elimination of perceived shortcomings of any organ of our vibrant democracy, which are capable of being eliminated, is to have all our citizens informed as to how that system functions,” she said. The annual lecture, organised by the Dr L M Singhvi Foundation, was delivered by Supreme Court Judge, Justice Dipak Misra.
(With PTI inputs)