The Aam Aadmi MPs: Rejecting Unnecessary Privileges

The Indian Parliament represents the interests, hopes, ambitions and dreams of the people of India. The citizens of India vest their moral and political authority in the Parliamentarians of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

It is assumed that the legislative and executive power that is granted by the people to our distinguished Parliament is to be used for public good.

As a consequence, parliamentary rights and privileges are granted to Members of Parliament, collectively and individually, in Article 105, Article 106, Article 107 and Article 121, without which they cannot discharge their functions. They exceed those of individuals, because the MPs work for public good which is given preference by our Constitution, in some sense.

The Aam Aadmi Party believes that, while this present allocation, is necessary for fast and efficient discharge of the duties of the MPs, we do not believe in affording exorbitantly expensive and unnecessary luxuries to the Members of Parliament.

An MP is also an Aam Aadmi and should face his private life like any other common man does. Any costs to the exchequer, private enterprises or to the taxpayer’s money should be completely justified by commensurately larger benefits to society at large.

Along with my three colleague MPs from Punjab representing the Aam Aadmi Party, Shri Harjinder Singh Khalsa (Fatehgarh Sahib), Shri Sadhu Singh (Faridkot) and Shri Bhagwant Mann (Sangrur), I, Dr. Dharamvir Gandhi, condemn the recent claims and demands made by some Members of Parliament to get more special rights and privileges to themselves like free parking, usage of private lounges at airports, protocol officers, escort service at airports and other special courtesies.

While functioning of the Members of Parliament should not be curtailed and should be enhanced, the honourable MPs should not lose the common touch, failing which they might lose the moral and electoral faith of the people of India.

Note: This was written as a short note/press release to be used by the AAP MPs in Parliament or the Aam Aadmi Party. However, it doesn’t necessarily represent the views of the party and may have gone editing before official release

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