BENGALURU: Democracy becomes a reality if there is decency in the legislature along with three other ‘D’s’ — “debate, dissent and decide”, President Ram Nath Kovind said here on Wednesday.
He was addressing the joint session of the Karnataka Legislature to commemorate the diamond jubilee of the Vidhan Soudha, the seat of the state legislature.
“We are aware of the three D’s of the legislature, that it is a place to debate, dissent and finally decide. And if we add the fourth D, decency, only then does the fifth D, namely democracy, become a reality,” Kovind said.
He pointed out that the legislature is an embodiment of the will, aspirations and hopes of the people, irrespective of political belief, caste and religion, gender or language.
“It needs the collective wisdom of both Houses of the legislature to fulfil the dreams of our people,” the president underlined.
Kovind said it is for the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council to function as “sacred temples” of democracy and contribute to raising the level of political and policy discourse.
“A member of the House is elected by his or her voters. But once elected, the MLA or MLC represents the entire constituency, and not just those who have voted for him. The legislator equally represents those who did not vote for him or in fact those who opposed him,” he added.