In an apparent reference to the ongoing standoff between the government and the opposition in Parliament, Vice President and chairman of the Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said democracy is about understanding each other's point of view.
'A democracy is about understanding each other's point of view,' Naidu said, after presenting the Ramnath Goenka awards for journalism , where a galaxy of Opposition leaders, including Shashi Tharoor, Ashwani Kumar of Congress and D Raja of CPI were present.
In what could be seen as a plea to both sides (government and the opposition) to end the impasse, Naidu said, 'in a Democracy the opposition must have it's say but the government must have it's way because they have the numbers.'
At the same time, he said Democracy was not just about numbers. Naidu said as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, he needed to fulfill his responsibility with impartiality.
'Let the government propose, let the opposition oppose and I shall dispose,' Naidu said in his usual humorous style. He said discussion and debate in a Democracy always helps in arriving at an amicable solution.
The comments by Naidu could be seen as significant in the wake of standoff in Parliament over the past few days, with the Opposition, disrupting functioning of both the Houses over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegations against former PM Manmohan Singh, charging him of hatching a conspiracy with Pakistan for the Gujarat elections.