The Indian Parliament this week witnessed both the best as well as the worst of our political culture. A casual observer may be flummoxed at the striking contrast in the conduct of the same party — the Congress — during the debate on the motion of thanks to the presidential address, in the two houses of Parliament.
What is it that compelled the Congress to behave so reprehensibly in the Lok Sabha when the party was happily abiding by the norms of parliamentary procedure in the other House? The answer lies in the political culture that the Gandhi family, first Sonia Gandhi and now Rahul Gandhi, has brought to the party.
Amid a series of resignations from the Trinamool ahead of the coming West Bengal elections, its Rajya Sabha MP Dinesh Trivedi on Friday dramatically quit the House, claiming he was feeling “suffocated” over “violence in the state”.
The former Union Minister for Railways was speaking during the debate on the Budget when he made the announcement. Listening to the speakers, he had started reflecting and decided to act as per his conscience, Trivedi said. “Why do we come into politics? We come into politics for the country,” he said, adding that the time had come to decide “if the country is bigger, your side is bigger or you yourself are bigger”.