Amid speculations about the possibility of a mid-term election, largest UPA ally Trinamool Congress, while participating in the special session of Lok Sabha commemorating 60 years of Parliament, said the party would like to see the current Lok Sabha last its term.
“This Parliament has a long history. This Parliament could not have been 15th Lok Sabha, it could have been the 13th Lok Sabha. I have seen the fall of governments of 13 days and 13 months. So this Parliament, which is elected for five years, we should all see, try to see, try to protect the tenure of Lok Sabha for five years, for which people elect us. By dissolution of Lok Sabha in 13 days, and sometimes in 13 months, we incur huge monetary loss of nation’s property,” said Trinamool Congress Leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay.
Throughout the special joint session on Sunday that lasted over five hours, leaders of smaller parties across the political spectrum took the opportunity to highlight their regional issues and praise the spirit of federalism as a pillar of parliamentary democracy in India.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad said one of the realisations of 60 years of Parliament is that regional parties have come up to represent India from all corners. “From the Presidential election to the general election in 2014, the fate of the nation is in the hands of regional parties,” he said.
Leaders of some parties from Tamil Nadu spoke on the purported “injustice” to the Tamil people and the “Tamil cause”. MDMK’s A Ganeshamuthi said though India had been a successful democracy, Tamils are facing injustice at the hands of the Centre.
“The river disputes of Tamil Nadu are unresolved and neighbouring states are taking its share of the water but the Centre remains a mere spectator,” he said, adding that the plight of Tamil fishermen was similar as the Centre does not take proper steps to secure their release from Sri Lankan Navy. Ganeshamurthi insisted that India should take measures to stop the atrocities against Tamilians at the hands of the Sinhalese.
Thol Thirumaavalavan of VCK demanded a separate Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka and Thirumaavalan demanded reservation in the private sector and batted for more devolution of powers to states.
Hasan Khan, Independent member from Ladakh, said his constituency does not get the benefits of Central schemes like MNREGA even during the six months when the region is connected to the mainland.
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