For God’s Sake, Do Your Job : Prez Mukherjee’s Rebuke Amid Chaos


New Delhi: As disruptions and adjournments threaten to wash out another session of parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee’s strong rebuke on Thursday was clearly aimed at parliamentarians: “For God’s sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business in Parliament.”

The daily disruption of parliament is “not acceptable at all”, the President said while speaking on electoral reforms at the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The winter session has been hamstrung by protests and adjournments with the opposition aggressively taking on the government on the notes ban announced on November 8 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On a month of the demonetization drive today, the opposition marked a “black day”, wore black bands to parliament and protested near the iconic Gandhi statue in the parliament complex.

The President said: “Leaders are not elected to sit in dharna in Parliament. You can sit for protests in other places. But you are meant to exercise your authority as a Lok Sabha member and do your job.”