Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said dissent should not eclipse the democratic decency under any circumstances, as he imparted lessons to legislators as how to be a good lawmaker.
Stressing that people are the "real masters in a democracy", he said the elected representatives should keep the common man at the centre of all their initiatives.
Patnaik said this while addressing the inaugural session of the two-day orientation programme for legislators organised by Odisha Legislative Assembly in collaboration with Lok Sabha secretariat.
"Democratic dissent is a right. However, while exercising their rights, legislators must not forget democratic decency," Patnaik said and stressed that at no circumstances, the disagreement should cast a shadow on democratic decency.