Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien on Monday lashed out at the Centre for rushing bills through Parliament.
In a caustic tweet, the Rajya Sabha MP accused the government of violating the sanctity of parliament. He said that the government is rushing bills through Parliament at an average time of under seven minutes per Bill, and asked sarcastically if it was passing legislation or making papri chaat.
His tweet read, “In the first 10 days, Modi-Shah rushed through and passed 12 Bills at an average time of UNDER SEVEN MINUTES per Bill (See shocking chart Down pointing backhand index). Passing legislation or making papri chaat!.”
In the tweet, Derek O’ Brien has attached a graphic listing all the bills passed through both Houses of Parliament mentioning that each was passed within minutes of its introduction. According to the data, the Coconut Development Board Bill was the quickest that passed in one minute, and the slowest was the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Bill which was passed after 14 minutes of discussion.
Earlier too, Brien had criticized the hurried passage of the Triple Talaq Bill back in 2019. He had said that parliament is supposed to scrutinize Bills. Are we delivering pizzas or passing legislation? he had asked.
In the monsoon session, which commenced on July 19, the two Houses of Parliament have functioned only 18 hours out of possible 107 hours leading to the loss of taxpayers’ money amounting to more than Rs 133 crores.
Due to the ruckus created by the Opposition over the issues like Farm laws, Pegasus row, Covid-19 situation, inflation, and others, the business of the parliament remained majorly disrupted.
In the ongoing session, the two houses will take up two Bills each, and the Lower House will discuss the Covid-19 situation. The monsoon session is scheduled to continue till August 13.