The issues of alleged “encroachment” by judiciary on the rights of legislature and media accountability were today highlighted by MPs in Rajya Sabha as it bid an emotional farewell to 53 retiring members.
Samajwadi party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said Parliament members are concerned over “encroachment” on legislature’s rights by judiciary.
Constitution, he said, has given Parliament the right to legislate laws and make budget.
“If the judiciary does it what is our relevance,” he said asking the government to discuss the issue during the monsoon session of Parliament.
Parliamentary honour, strength and supremacy has to be maintained, he said. “Constitution has drawn clear lines.”
Yadav found support from BSP Chief Mayawati who said “we should act unitedly, especially on important issues” and rise above political affiliations.
“We would have to look within” why judiciary is taking advantage, she said.
“We should act unitedly and especially on important issues we should rise above political affiliations,” the BSP leader said.
Just two days back, Finance Minister and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley had voiced concern over the issue, saying judiciary was “step by step, brick by brick” encroaching upon the legislature.
“With the manner in which encroachment of legislative and executive authority by India’s judiciary is taking place, probably financial power and budget making is the last power that you have left. Taxation is the only power which states have,” he had said while asking the Congress to “reconsider” its stance on GST in his reply to a debate on Finance Bill.
“Can’t you see, step up step, brick by brick, the edifice of India’s legislature is being destroyed. And outside the Appropriation Bill, we are being told to create this levy this fund,” he had said.
The members including Congress leader Anand Sharma today stressed on the important role played by the Upper House in raising the level of debate and correcting “flaws” in key legislations.
Sharma said a wrong image was created outside that no work is transacted in Rajya Sabha, adding obstructions are part of democracy and are used to put across reservations on policies and programmes.
Yadav said while some people have mocked Rajya Sabha as “second-grade” house of unelected, the Upper House has its importance.