MPs should refrain from making statements that hurt religious sentiments: Om Birla

Underlining that all religions are equal before the Constitution, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday said MPs should refrain from making provocative statements about any religion and maintain the dignity and decorum of Parliament at all times.

Birla, who completed three years in office on Sunday, thanked leaders of all political parties for their contribution in making the journey a success and said it was a great achievement that the average productivity of the House during this period was 100 per cent. been above.

He said the House has worked for nearly 1,000 hours in eight sessions in the 17th Lok Sabha so far.

Describing discussion and debate as the jewel of democracy, Birla told PTI in an interview that MPs should avoid unnecessary aggression and shouting while speaking in Parliament.

“Discussion, debate are important parts of parliamentary democracy. It is also acceptable to take a dig at each other, take a dig at each other during the debate. But MPs in Parliament should avoid unnecessary aggression, shouting and interrupting each other,” Birla said.

On the question of heated debate among politicians on religions these days, Birla suggested that Members of Parliament should refrain from making provocative statements against any religion as all religions are equal before the Constitution. “While speaking on religious issues, MPs should take care that their statements do not hurt the sentiments and sentiments of any other religion. We all should diligently follow this custom and tradition. Our Constitution gives everyone the right to practice their religion,” Birla said.

Stating that Parliament functions according to the Constitution, Birla said, “Inflammatory remarks against any religion should not be made in Parliament. Its dignity and dignity should always be maintained. Asked about Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang expressing her desire to appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT, but not asked to appear by the officials here, Birla said calling someone before the parliamentary panel There are rules and regulations for

“It is not fair that someone says ‘I have not been called by committee’. There are systems and procedures to call someone before a parliamentary panel. And the final decision rests with the Speaker of the Lok Sabha,” Birla said.

Talking about the new Parliament building being built under the Central Vista project, Birla said that he is confident that this year’s winter session will be held in the new structure.

“Work is going on in full swing on the new building. It will give a glimpse of both modern India and our rich history. It will showcase the culture of all the states of India,” Birla said.

Birla, the BJP’s second term MP from Rajasthan, was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha on June 19, 2019.