Monday, February 20, 2012

In a Voting, it is not the no. of hands that count !!


According to the Constitution of India, the union legislative body is the Parliament or the Sansad in Hindi.  The Parliament includes the President and the two Houses – the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) and the House of the People (Lok Sabha).  The Lok Sabha (House of the People) is the Lower House of Parliament.  This consists of members directly elected by people of India.  Before the present monsoon session of Parliament, there were 83  bills pending; during the session 14 were introduced; 11 were passed and after the Session the pending bills were pegged at 86.

This despite the fact there are bills, which get passed without any discussion at all.  The strategic importance of these bills is lost many a times due to lack of seriousness from those elected representatives and many a times there are reports of lower % of attendance.   There are also some Ministers who are not present when they are to answer some important questions and some members do not open their mouth at all during the entire session.  It sounds pathetic indeed.

Read this interesting news : – she is an Italian MEP from June 2009 representing People for Freedom, winning a seat in European Parliament elections and subsequently becoming member of the Employment and Social Affairs committee  -  she is  Licia Ronzulli (born: Milan, Italy 14 September 1975). 

She has been in news for attending the Parliament taking her daughter.  She is married to Renato Cerioli, who is also a member of the same party. She earlier worked as a nurse in Milanand Bangladesh before becoming a hospital director and then turning to politics.    Way back in Sep 2010, Mrs Ronzulli,  took her tiny six month old daughter Victoria to a vote at Strasbourg. She kept her baby carefully cradled against her in a sling and occasionally leant to kiss her on the forehead.

Now the child is 18 month old and perhaps become a regular to the Parliament alongwith her mother of course.   When her mother Licia Ronzulli  was actively taking  part in a voting session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, her daughter Victoria insisted on having her say too.  Agreeing with her mother during a vote on the Eurozone debt crisis, she toed the party line and raised her hand.

When people carry laptops, this politician carries blackberry and her child on her lap.  The  flexible rule in European Parliament allows mothers  to bring their children to work.  Licia took multi-tasking to new levels, carrying Victoria as she addressed parliament

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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