Varun Gandhi Suggests Innovative Changes in Indian Parliament

BJP MP Varun Gandhi speaking in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, at the 'Parliament Concave' at Gyan Bhawan in Patna on Saturday, batted against the issuance of whip in the Parliament saying the practice excluded the voice of the representatives of the people.

"People's reps should have the right to express their views inside Parliament. Currently, whips are issued on over 90% of the topics that fail to include the Members of the Parliament who wish to represent the constituency they represent. In my opinion, whips should be issued on no more than 50% of the topic under discussion and rest should be left open for debate by the MPs," Gandhi, the cousin of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said.

Expressing his dislike for MPs giving themselves raise year after year, the firebrand BJP leader said that while he was not opposed to hike in MP's salaries, he despised the current system that lacked transparency while giving impression of all things wrong with the government.

To further improve the functioning of the Parliament, Gandhi suggested raising the number of working days of the Lok Sabha that, he said, worked only two months out of the whole year since last 15 years.

"Between 1952 and 1972, the Parliament worked an average of 130 days. Now the MPs work barely 60 days in the entire year. To make the matter even worse, 51% of the bills were passed without any discussion and 61% of the bills were passed without ever seeing the light of the day at the government advisory committees," he said.

Varun Gandhi also suggested introducing a system of e-petition in the Indian Parliament on the line of those in England, Australia, and New Zealand.

"Under this system, when more than 100,000 petitions are registered by the citizens, the lawmakers are forced to take it up in the Parliament. This will give the much-needed voice of the people in the Parliament," he said.

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