PRIME Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's call to the President to address a joint sitting of Parliament must have given him a quite a chill. The PM rightly said that the President's failure to address the Parliament during the past four years was unconstitutional and would be a pity if it happens now. The Parliament is an august body and it is the constitutional requirement that the President address it. Though President Musharraf's address in January 2004 met with catcalls by Opposition members and later he cited this rough behaviour as the cause of his refusal, it is now the need of the hour that he has the confidence of the parliamentarians. Last week, talking to journalists, he maintained that he would not present himself before the legislature unless he was assured of discipline. But while one expects orderly behaviour from the parliamentarians when the President is in the House, he would have to understand that he is highly unpopular and that under the circumstances, it would not be unusual for the members were to express their sentiments. Situation of this type had occurred in the past. Both Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Farooq Leghari were interrupted while delivering their speeches. They however fulfilled their duties as required by the Constitution. If the President insists on keeping the office, he would have to fulfil this constitutional requirement and take the legislative body into confidence. For the sake of the supremacy of Parliament - a phrase that ironically was the constant refrain of the President - he would have to present himself before the House. The country's political stage is undergoing a lot of turbulence. The movement for the restoration of deposed judges has now resulted in a long march. Others are making vehement calls for him to step down. In such trying conditions, the President would be further fanning the flames, if he allows the gulf between him and the public's chosen representatives to persist.