After banning certain ‘unparliamentary words’, the Parliament has issued a notice to ban distribution of pamphlets, leaflets and placards. The Parliament has even banned the permission to hold dharnas and protests in front of the Parliamentary complex.
As per established convention, no literature, questionnaire, pamphlets, Press notes, leaflets or any matter printed or otherwise should be distributed. Placards are also strictly banned inside the Parliament.
Reactions on ban of pamphlets, leaflets and placards:
Chief whip of the party and general secretary of Congress party, Jairam Ramesh criticized the new order. The order came a day after the decision to ban dharnas and protests.
Sitaram Yechury, leader of Communist Party of India- Marxist leader has criticized the decision to be a “farce” because it attempts to “muzzle the soul of India” and “its democracy.”
There is a ban on words like ‘black’, ‘ tanashah’, ‘corruption’ ‘Jumlajeevi’ because it disrupts the spirit of the Parliament. These words were commonly used in both of the houses during heated exchanges and live debates.
The recent proceedings in the Parliament especially Rajya Sabha were not conducted in a proper way. Meanwhile, there were a few disruptions when the irated members threw placards on the Chair or walked out to display their discontent. Protests in front of the parliament are becoming very common that taints a bad image of the Parliament in the outside world.
The trend of Members of Opposition holding placards from their places was resented by the Chairs of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
The monsoon session of the Parliament is set to begin on July 18. Twenty four new bills will be introduced. The Parliament will hold the most awaited Presidential elections.