Nagpur: In parliamentary democracy legislature has important place. The laws to safeguard the interests of people are formed in the legislature after the positive discussion between the ruling and opposition parties. Therefore, in democracy, the ruling and opposition parties are the two wheels of the same vehicle, said Leader of Opposition in Vidhan Parishad Dhananjay Munde.
He was speaking at the workshop for post-graduate students of political science and public administration organised here by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Board. Munde delivered a lecture on “Place, duties and role of the ruling and opposition parties in legislature”. MLA Vinayak Mete, additional secretary Sunil Zore, professors and students from various universities of the state were present on the occasion.
Munde further said that it is expected of ruling and opposition parties to work jointly for the welfare of the common people. The opposition tries to bring back the ruling party on track in case they are erring using the parliamentary instruments. During the assembly session, the ruling party needs cooperation and help from the opposition to get the government work done, to approve the supplementary demands etc. If any legislation goes against the interest of the people, the opposition forces the ruling party to withdraw it. And if the ruling party failed to fulfil its promises to people, the opposition has right to stall the proceedings of the House by raising their voice, he added.
However, he agreed that it is also the responsibility of the opposition to allow the smooth functioning of the House. Both the Houses have equal importance also. Sometimes, tenure of the session can be extended in case the opposition rejects the appropriation bill through the parliamentary instruments. The same opposition helps the ruling party to take better decisions for the people in case of natural calamities or manmade disasters. To strengthen democracy it is necessary to run the legislature through parliamentary instruments, Munde said.
Munde replied to questions from the students. Dr Anant Kalse, Principal Secretary of Vidhan mandal made the introductory remarks while Gondwana University, Gadchiroli students Akshay Wasnik proposed vote of thanks.