Let me begin at the very beginning by expressing my full solidarity and unstinted support for BJP MP Varun Gandhi very rightly questioning a plethora of practices including the lawmakers power to hike their own salaries and pass crucial Bills like the Aadhaar legislation without much debate and discussion. Why only MPs and MLAs have the right to hike their own salaries? Why Army officers or others have no such similar right?
Be it noted, while Varun Gandhi hit out at the practice of lawmakers too often raising the demand for a salary hike, he also very rightly pointed out that the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet at its first meeting had taken a collective decision not to avail salaries for six months in view of the people’s sufferings at the time. But what we see now is just the opposite. Our PM Narendra Modi has just no compunctions in putting the common man at inconvenience by ushering in notebandhi but under no circumstances is he is prepared to question MPs right to hike their own salaries whenever they want and that too without working much! Is it fair?
Truth be told, Sumitra Mahajan was candid enough to say that, “Sad with what happened. Question Hour should never be disrupted. Had told Kharge Ji, I will allow him to speak after Question Hour.” She also said that, “Creating ruckus at Well is non-disciplinary in itself but tearing up paper and throwing it on Speaker 4 times was worse.” Needless to say, the MPs threw pieces of paper and disrupted proceedings during the zero hour. The Speaker suspended them and adjourned the Lok Sabha till 2.30.
Sanjeev Sirohi, Advocate,
s/o Col BPS Sirohi,
A 82, Defence Enclave,
Sardhana Road, Kankerkhera,
Meerut – 250001, Uttar Pradesh.