With the entire day’s proceedings in both the Houses of the Parliament falling prey to pandemonium, one can only arrive on the conclusion that the political parties are more inclined towards creating a bedlam in the Houses. No major proceeding could be carried out either in the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday because the Opposition was annoyed over the cane-charge on the BJP members in New Delhi and police firing in Pune which accounted for the death of four farmers.  Their anger is justified, nevertheless was it mandatory to express their annoyance by disrupting the parliamentary proceedings. Was it not a better option to hold a discussion in the Parliament on the police conduct or the circumstances which led to the thrashing of the BJP members and left four farmers dead in Pune? In their defence, political parties may come up with the alibi of serving a certain message to the people by stalling the Parliament proceedings, but it cannot be overlooked that many such messages are being dished out to the masses. The session time of the Parliament has reduced due to the thrust on disruption. In the first week of ongoing Parliament session, 47 percent of the session of the Lok Sabha and 36 percent of the Rajya Sabha were wasted. The wastage of precious time has not only delayed the introduction of several important Bills in the Parliament but also accounted for a heavy loss to the public exchequer. The amount of loss can be gauged from the fact that approximately Rs 7.5 crore is used per day to hold the Parliament proceedings. According to an estimate, the total time wasted in the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament has already led to a financial loss to the tune of Rs 35 crore.

Political parties disrupting the Parliament proceeding for petty issues are not a positive omen for the country. Ironically, even a small group of parliamentarians belonging to any political party can disrupt the parliament proceedings as per their whims and fancies. Therefore, one can easily believe that any political party which finds the Parliament proceedings not going as per it’s liking is willing to create a pandemonium. The situation has dipped to the extent that such practice is even followed by the ruling alliance. Under the present circumstances, one cannot expect parliamentary proceedings without bedlam, but only creating pandemonium in the name of functioning is not justified. As it has become a routine feature in the Parliament, the list of pending tasks is on the rise and the Bills which should have been approved by now are still hanging in a balance due to the narrow-minded and selfish attitude of political parties. There was a time, when political parties tried to make an impression on their rivals by proving an upper hand in discussions, but logical reasoning and healthy debates have paved way to uproar and commotion. The side-effect of the pandemonium has not only affected the dignity of the Parliament but also reduced it’s significance. If the political parties do not change their attitude towards the Parliament proceedings, they too are likely to lose their dignity.