Praising the NCP and BJD for their good discipline in the House, PM Modi, on Monday, mentioned that the two parties had never stormed the well in protest of any debate, while addressing the Rajya Sabha in the start of its 250th session. Stating that this practice had never hindered the progress of the two parties, he mentioned that no member of NCP and BJD had ever broken this rule. He urged all members including BJP to learn from such discipline.
" I wish to name two parties in particular - NCP and BJD. These two parties have formed their own discipline that 'we will never step into the well'. I have seen that not even one member of the party has broken this rule. All political parties, including my party, must learn from them. They have proved that inspite of never stepping into the well, they have won the hearts of the voters as their progress has never been hindered. We treasury branch should learn from such high parliamentary practices, which have not had any political repercussions," he said.
He added, " Even when we were in Opposition, we have stormed the well. But we should definitely learn and discuss such practices in the House. On the 250th session of this House, I believe such important practices should be mentioned."
Parliament members have often 'stormed the well' as a mark of protest. Generally, members raise slogans against a particular issue or debate in session. This is usually followed by the adjournment of the House as most lawmakers often walk out of the House.
Earlier in the day, marking the Rajya Sabha's 250th session, PM Modi had reminded that 26 January 2020 marks the 70 years of the Constitution. He also thanked all MPs for their co-operative roles in the previous session. He also urged the Parliament to set an example through this session making citizens aware of the Constitution.
The winter session of the Parliament is beginning on November 18 and will undertake almost 35 legislations and will have 20 sittings. The session, which will end on December 13, will see a total of 20 sittings. Currently, there are 43 bills pending in Parliament. Of these, 12 Bills are listed for consideration and passing and seven are listed for withdrawal. Twenty-seven bills are listed for introduction, consideration, and passing. Of the various bills, two of the most contentious bills which the Modi government eyes to pass in this session is the National River Ganga Bill 2019 and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019.