Parl democracy will flourish if Govt is responsive, oppn responsible: Naidu

NEW DELHI: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said that parliamentary democracy will flourish if the Government is responsive and the Opposition responsible, while underlining that no one can “dictate” to the House.

Addressing members in the central hall of Parliament after ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian awards’ were given away, Naidu said he felt embarrassed when children in the visitors’ gallery witness disruptions in the house.

Such disruptions were not good for democracy in the country, he said.

“Let the Government propose, the opposition oppose and the House dispose, you cannot dictate to the House…That is the spirit of parliamentary democracy. It will flourish if the Government is responsive and the opposition responsible. If you follow this, parliamentary democracy will definitely succeed,” he said.

The Vice President, who is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, said in democracy, everyone must have tolerance towards the mandate of the people and the majority should be tolerant towards the minority. (AGENCIES)