Democratic temper calls for debate, not disruption: President

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that democratic temper calls for debate and not disruption and urged MPs to discharge their duties in a spirit of mutual accommodation.

In his address to the joint sitting of both houses of parliament at the start of budget session, the president said parliament reflects the supreme will of the people.

“Democratic temper calls for debate and discussion, and not disruption or obstruction. `Let noble thoughts come from all directions’ should be the spirit behind the debate in this temple of democracy,” he said.

The president said being a member of parliament bestows great honour as well as important responsibilities.

He said the government will constantly strive for smooth and constructive conduct of parliamentary business.

“I urge all members of parliament to discharge their solemn responsibilities in a spirit of cooperation and mutual accommodation. Let us all collectively endeavour to build a flourishing and prosperous India.”

The past two sessions of parliament were marred by repeated adjournments over a range of issues. Both the government and the opposition blamed each other for the disruptions.

The president said the citizens owe a great debt to freedom fighters. “It is time to repay that debt, by building the country that they envisioned and fought for.”

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