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Arun Jaitley invokes Jawaharlal Nehru, reminds Congress of responsibility of MPs over GST logjam

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 1:14 IST
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  • Jaitley quoted a paragraph from the speech in which Nehru had said, \"Here, we have sat in this Parliament, the sovereign authority of India, responsible for the governance of India.
  • He also quoted a speech on the Parliamentary system by Pandit Nehru to hammer home his point.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday apprehended a "wash out" of the current Winter session and invoked Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru to remind Congress of the responsibility of MPs for governance of the country through Parliament.

"The last session of the Parliament did not function.The current session of the Parliament is also threatened with a wash out. The reasons for the wash out of the current session keep changing by the hour. -

"The nation is waiting for Parliament to discuss public issues, to legislate and approve a historic Constitution Amendment enabling the GST. All this is being indefinitely delayed. The question we need to ask ourselves is are we being fair to ourselves and this country?" Jaitley said in a Facebook post.

The Finance Minister also quoted a speech on the Parliamentary system by Pandit Nehru to hammer home his point. He said that the speech delivered on March 28, 1957 in the last day of first Lok Sabha by Nehru is "a must read for all of us".

He quoted a paragraph from the speech in which Nehru had said, "Here, we have sat in this Parliament, the sovereign authority of India, responsible for the governance of India.

Surely, there can be no higher responsibility or greater privilege than to be a member of this sovereign body which is responsible for the fate of the vast number of human beings who live in this country.

"All of us, if not always, at any rate from time to time, must have felt this high sense of responsibility and destiny to which we had been called. Whether we were worthy of it or not is another matter. We have functioned, therefore, during these five years not only on the edge of history but sometimes plunging into the processes of making history."

Taking a dig at Congress over frequent disruptions in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said, "Those who claim the legacy of Pandit ji must ask themselves the question, what kind of history are they making." Later reacting to Jaitley's post, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "They only write blogs, when we raise issues in Parliament, no action is taken."

Here's the full text:

PT. NEHRU AND PARLIAMENT

The last Session of the Parliament did not function. The current Session of the Parliament is also threatened with a wash out. The reasons for the wash out of the current Session keep changing by the hour. The nation is waiting for the Parliament to discuss public issues, to legislate and approve a historic Constitution Amendment enabling the GST. All this is being indefinitely delayed. The question we need to ask ourselves is, "are we being fair to ourselves and this country?"

Today, I re-read a speech on the Parliamentary system by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. It was delivered on 28th March, 1957 - the last day of First Lok Sabha. The speech is a must read for all of us. An important paragraph of the speech reads thus:

"Here, we have sat in this Parliament, the sovereign authority of India, responsible for the governance of India. Surely, there can be no higher responsibility or greater privilege than to be a member of this sovereign body which is responsible for the fate of the vast number of human beings who live in this country. All of us, if not always, at any rate from time to time, must have felt this high sense of responsibility and destiny to which we had been called. Whether we were worthy of it or not is another matter. We have functioned, therefore, during these five years not only on the edge of history but sometimes plunging into the processes of making history."

Those who claim the legacy of Pandit ji must ask themselves the question, what kind of history are they making.

First published: 14 December 2015, 8:33 IST
 
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