Engage in debates in the House, not in ridiculing each other: SC

What is the news?

The Supreme Court has quashed the suspension of 12 opposition MLAs from the Maharashtra assembly for one year over the alleged misbehavior with the presiding officer. The court termed the suspension unconstitutional and arbitrary.

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What is the Supreme Court ruling on the suspension?

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What are the key highlights from the Supreme Court judgment on the suspension?

Parliament or the State legislatures are the first place where justice is dispensed to the common man through a democratic process.

These are places where policies and laws are made for governing the citizenry. It is here that the entire range of activities concerning the masses are discussed.

However, currently, Parliament and Assemblies are becoming a more uncooperative place. It is becoming a stage to exchange rude remarks and launch personal attacks on one another. It has become common to hear that the House could not complete its usual scheduled business.

Hence, it is high time to take corrective steps. Moreover, with the completion of 75 years of Independence and ambitions of becoming a world leader, elected members should at least know that they are expected to show statesmanship and not brinkmanship in the House.

Note: Brinkmanship is the activity, especially in politics, of trying to get what you want by saying that if you do not get it, you will do something dangerous.

Source: This post is based on the article Engage in debates in the House, not in ridiculing each other: SCpublished in The Hindu on 29th January 2022.

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