Bardhan unhappy with functioning of Parliament

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Chandigarh, Nov 30 (UNI) Expressing dismay over the functioning of Parliament, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan today stated that curtailing the functioning of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha was "not a healthy sign for Parliamentary democracy".

"The Parliament functions for not more than 50 days of the year, when it should function for not less than 100 days", Mr Bardhan said while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the 'Haksar Memorial Lecture at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) here.

There are adjournments and walkouts and the time for healthy debates gets curtailed, he added while wondering what was happening to Parliament.

"Bills are being rushed through Parliament, which is not a good sign in a democratic set up", he observed.

Coming to the nuke deal, Mr Bardhan said that from the discussions in Parliament the conclusion can be drawn that political parties opposing the deal constitute a majority. The government should take note of this, he added.

Reiterating that his party was not opposed to the government talking to the US on the nuclear deal, the CPI leader said that the government has promised to put forward the draft of these discussions before the UPA government-Left Coordination Committee. " Our stand is clear that the deal in its present form should not be operative", he added while pointing out that his party had not set any time limit for this.

"The time frame does not matter, we have been discussing the deal for the last few months and can carry on with these negotiations", he said.

Regarding the possibility of a snap Lok Sabha poll, the CPI leader said that the chances are remote, "unless the government percepitates matters".

Replying to a question on the political crisis in Pakistan, Mr Bardhan advised the Indian government "not to do anything that will complicate matters there".

"Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has promised to hold elections and everyone welcomes this", he added.


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