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Speaker regrets fall in standard of debate in Parliament

Sunday 15 May 2005

Kolkata, May 15. (PTI): Regretting that the standard of debate in Parliament has gone down, Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today stressed the need for strengthening parliamentary democracy in the country.

"I consider the Lok Sabha and assemblies as temples. We have to work to strengthen democracy in the country," he said.

The Speaker said that MPs should be equally conscious of their responsibilities besides their rights, since people have elected them as their representatives with high expectations.

Speaking at the District Assembly of the Rotary International Dist-3290 here, Chatterjee said social activists should serve the people with zeal and dedication and remove aberrations that stood as barriers for uniform development in the society.

"Social activists like Rotarians should build up a mass movement, create awareness and develop leadership quality among people to uphold the ethical values and sacrifices to fight out the barriers of development", he said.

Regretting that problems on many issues pertaining to development in the society were yet to be overcome even after 57-years of Independence, Chatterjee advised the social activists to take a lead role in eradicating those maladies and aberrations.

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