Constitution’s three pillars have their limitations, should try to work within those limits: Om Birla

“Our effort is that there should be minimum deadlock and there should be discussion and dialogue in Parliament or assembly," says Lok Sabha speaker

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla (photo: National Herald archives)
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla (photo: National Herald archives)


Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla on Saturday said all three pillars of the Constitution have their limitations and they should try to work within their limits.

Birla was speaking to reporters in Raipur after his session during an orientation programme organised for the newly elected MLAs of the Chhattisgarh assembly.

“We have three pillars within the Constitution — legislative, executive and judiciary. Everyone has their own limitations and all the pillars should try to work within their limits and within their scope of work. As far as the executive, judiciary and legislative are concerned, we all complement each other and work in harmony,” Birla said.

He added that the judiciary has the right to review any law. If the legislature works properly and there is maximum discussion as per requirement, then no pillar will be able to interfere, he said.

“If the legislative (pillar) is strong then accountability can be fixed within the executive and transparency will follow. The judiciary also expects the legislative side to do its job. I hope that these three pillars will work within their respective jurisdictions,” he said.

.Stressing the need for meaningful discussions in the House, Birla said, “Our effort is that there should be minimum deadlock and there should be discussion and dialogue in Parliament or assembly. There may be disagreement, but it should be in accordance with Constitutional conduct and decorum. The strength, high traditions and conventions of India’s democracy provide guidance to democracies all over the world.”

India’s democracy has been successful in the world because discussion, dialogue, agreement and disagreement have been a part of its daily routine, he said. It has been a part of the country’s traditions and customs.

Therefore, within 75 years of independence, prosperity and happiness have been achieved in the country through such discussions and dialogues, he said.

“There has been consensus on many issues in Parliament and assemblies of the country. It is our endeavour that both the ruling party and the opposition come together within the state assemblies to discuss various issues and work for the development of the state,” he said.

Birla expressed happiness that 50 new MLAs have been elected in Chhattisgarh and that the number of women is also higher this time.

“Gradually, the representation of women is increasing. In the coming time, after the reservation of women in the state and Lok Sabha, the number of women (lawmakers) will increase further. MLAs elected for the first time should discuss the problems concerning their constituencies but also important issues of the state,” he added.

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