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Mukherjee criticises MPs for unruly behaviour


New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Saturday criticised practise of elected representatives coming to the floor of the house to convey their point of view.

Speaking at the valedictory session of national convention on “Law, Justice and the Common Man”, organised by the legal and human rights department of the Congress, he said democracy should be informed discussion.

Mukherjee said sometimes 10-20 people come to the floor of the house and a situation is created where the speaker is prevented from putting across his point of view.

“This does not strengthen the system but weakens it,” he said.

Mukherjee’s remarks come in the backdrop of frequent disruptions witnessed in the parliament and protests by the opposition parties.

The opposition parties had staged a walk out during Mukherjee’s budget speech last month. In the winter session of parliament, Home Minister P. Chidambaram read his reply to the debate on the Liberahan Commission report in the Lok Sabha amid slogan shouting by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members.

Mukherjee also dwelt on the contribution of lawyers in building the Congress in the pre-independence era.