Jagdeep Dhankhar: Privilege of MPs for freedom of speech in the House is not disqualification

New Delhi: Amid growing political row over the eviction of certain remarks made by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Rahul Gandhi and Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge in Parliament, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said that the freedom of expression in Parliament should be respected by members. is a privilege. was not “disqualified” and MPs could not speak on the basis of “unverified conditions” and turned Parliament into a battlefield where there was a “free fall of information”.

According to Article 105 of the Constitution, which deals with the powers and privileges of both Houses and members, “Parliament shall be free of speech” and “no member of Parliament shall be liable to any proceeding in any court.” any person responsible for anything said or any vote given by him in Parliament or any committee thereof, and any person in respect of the publication of any report, paper, vote or proceedings by or under the authority of either House of Parliament Will not done.

Addressing the 61st convocation of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Dhankhar quoted Article 105 and said, “I want to place before you one of my grievances… India is the largest democracy in the world. Our Parliament is the biggest temple of our democracy. There can be neither civil nor criminal proceedings against anyone who speaks in that temple of democracy… Our constitution makers have given this right to our parliamentarians to speak fearlessly in the parliament… It is a privilege but We overlook one thing… that privilege is not inalienable.

“With this privilege comes a great responsibility and it is a responsibility that every word spoken in Parliament should be spoken thoughtfully, thoughtfully. It cannot be based on unverified situations. Parliament cannot be turned into an ‘Akhada’ (battlefield) where there is a free fall of information. Dhankhar said that it is the responsibility of the members that whatever is said in the Parliament is authentic.

He said that as per the rules, it is the duty of the Chairman to ensure that nothing is said which would hurt the reputation of anyone outside the House. Because if the same thing is said outside the House, then the affected person can file a defamation case.

His comment assumes significance as it comes at a time when the Congress is unhappy with his decision to delete several comments made by Kharge in his speech on the motion of thanks to the President’s address, including some alleged links between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and businessman Gautam. Are included. Adani. Kharge later wrote to Dhankhar, arguing that criticism of the government, its policies and their impact cannot be combined with the dignity of the House.

Dhankhar also talked about disruptions and disturbances in the Parliament. He said that the Parliament is for dialogue, debate, discussion and deliberation.

He said, “When disruptions and disturbances happen … I get information from thousands of people that they are upset by this kind of behavior.” Dhankhar said that people should think seriously and be concerned about both these issues because since India is now unstoppable and its growth is exponential, there can be attempts from several quarters to derail it by using baseless parameters. Is. “It is the job of intellectuals and every individual, especially young minds, to take this into account and neutralize it,” he said.