Meira for another all-party meet to end House logjam

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata | Updated: Dec 25 2010, 07:30am hrs
Caught in a logjam with the parliamentary proceedings, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday said that she would convene another all party meeting to convince the members of Parliament to re-start proceedings while she also wishes that a public opinion is formed in favour of the House to work.

I have a role to play to make Parliament work and so has everybody else, Kumar said addressing a session of the chambers in Kolkata.

The media, she said, was not playing a responsible role by the selling the disruption of the House. It should instead create a consensus among the people in favour of proper parliamentary proceedings, the Speaker stressed, adding a situation had arose where there was no meeting ground. But even if the ruling party and the Opposition had different views pertaining to an issue or host of issues, both of them should come to an understanding to make Parliament function and that was the real spirit of democracy.

I had a meeting with all the leaders of the party and there was no outcome. But that is not the end. We will have to go on trying. I will call another all party meeting to get a solution to this problem, the Speaker said though she did not mention a date for the meeting.

The earlier meeting was held on December 1. But she made clear that she would not justify anything in favour or against a JPC to probe the 2G scam, which could draw her on one side.

She hinted that she had enough power to implement the harsh provisions of parliamentary rules to take action against the MPs that were disrupting the House. But she wouldnt do so since she had the highest regards for all the MPs.

There are enough harsh provisions, which undermines the position of the parliamentarian by the Speaker, but those should never be implemented. Parliamentarians should be self regulatory, Kumar said.