Par'l disruption provides 'a helping hand' to Govt, not Opposition: Pranab
New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said disruption in Parliament was a "betrayal" of the people and that it provided "a helping hand" to the government by scuttling the opposition space.
Speaking at the launch of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's book, 'Speaking Truth to Power', Mukherjee said in this volume the senior Congress leader has done what an opposition leader should do -- speak the truth on behalf of the people.
"Unfortunately, in our democracy,...quite a few do not agree with me as I am one of those who firmly believe that disruption in Parliament is the most betrayal to the commitment to the people of this country," he said.
Mukherjee said a parliamentarian owes the membership of Parliament to none but the people, as each of the members of Parliament and even the
President of India has to seek
and "beg" for the votes to get elected.
The former president said that after seeking the vote, thereafter finding out a theoretical proposition that disruption is an effective parliamentary intervention, "unfortunately, I am one who does not agree with it."