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Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar calls opposition walkout a dangerous precedent

Opposition lawmakers, according to Jagdeep Dhankhar, violated the spirit of the Constitution, disregarded their oaths, and disputed the document itself.

Reported by:  PTC News Desk  Edited by:  Annesha Barua -- July 03rd 2024 06:18 PM
Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar calls opposition walkout a dangerous precedent

Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar calls opposition walkout a dangerous precedent

PTC News Desk: The chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Jagdeep Dhankhar, blasted the opposition parties for leaving the House during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on Wednesday, claiming that their actions had created a "dangerous precedent antithetical to democratic values."

"It hurt so much to watch them go out today. That was a momentous occasion. After sixty years, the prime minister was leading the government for the third time. Dhankhar made reference to the walkout during PM Modi's response to the discussion of the resolution to appreciate the President's speech in the Rajya Sabha earlier in the day. "They walked away from their constitutional ordainment and that has set a dangerous precedent antithetical to democratic values," Dhankhar added.

They have broken their oath, questioned the Constitution, and offended its spirit. Sitting in this chair, I feel sorry because the Constitution has been disregarded. He went on, "The Constitution is a book to live by, not a book to carry around."

Members of the Congress-led Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) group left the Rajya Sabha as Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge was denied the opportunity to speak during Prime Minister Modi's speech.

Chief of the Nationalist Congress Party-SCP Sharad Pawar later gave an explanation for the choice. Mallikarjun Kharge is employed by the Constitution. It is their duty to show him respect, whether he is the prime minister or the chairman of the House. However, Pawar told reporters, "Today, it was all ignored, so the entire opposition is with him and we walked out," reported to news agency ANI.

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Dhankhar called the walkout a disrespect to the Constitution and denounced it. In his final remarks at the close of the 264th Rajya Sabha session, he brought up the walkout once more.

"With no reservations, I asked and granted the Leader of the Opposition's right to speak. But they have abandoned the House's dignity today, not merely left it. They have rejected not only the chair but also the Constitution in its entirety.

Dhankar also brought up the incident on Friday when Kharge went into the Rajya Sabha Well. "Seeing that even the Leader of the Opposition entered the House's Well was incredibly painful, and it was a disgrace to parliamentary conduct and proprietary.""Exemplify their conduct so that this becomes a temple for deliberations, discussion, dialogue, and debate," he remarked, addressing the House members.

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- With inputs from agencies

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