Plural character of the country, can’t be substituted: President Pranab Mukherjee

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New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2016 2:53:59 PM

The straightjacket uniformity, even if imposed won't succeed. he says

Parliamentary freedom must not be used by causing disruptions, the president had said yesterday. (PTI)Parliamentary freedom must not be used by causing disruptions, the president had said yesterday. (PTI)

A day after hitting at Parliametarians for not letting both Houses of Parliament to function properly, President Pranab Mukherjee has today said that the plural character of the country, can’t be substituted with uniformity and added that the straightjacket uniformity, even if imposed won’t succeed. While expressing his concern over continued disruptions of the Parliament, he had said that the parliamentary freedom must not be used by causing disruptions. Disrupting the Parliament had become a habit of late, the president had said.

Both Lok sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been in a have seen regular disruption since the beginning of the Winter session this year. Deys after demonetisation step was announced on November 8. Since the start of the winter session of the Parliament, the Opposition repeatedly demanded Prime Minister Minister Narendra Modi to be present in the the Parliament for the discussion on the situation forcing the countrymen to stand in long queues outside banks and ATMs to withdraw cash. Opposition parties have accused him of being in the contempt of the Parliament and asked why the PM can’t speak in the Parliament even as he is speaking in other places across the country.

Although on some occasions Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the Parliament, Opposition parties did not go for debate and were outside the House protesting outside the Gandhi statue. They also accused the PM and BJP of informing their close ones on the demonetisation scheme even before it was announced.

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