Congress boycotting House without debating drought ‘unfortunate’: Naidu

New Delhi, Dec. 10 (ANI): Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday dubbed the absence of Congress from the House during the discussion on drought as unfortunate, saying it wasn’t a political issue as farmers were suffering in the country.

“This issue was raised by the Congress Party in the House and now they are absent. They have not given any reason for doing this. Drought is not a political issue, still they are leveling a political allegation against us,” Naidu told media outside the Parliament.

“Today the Congress party is not in the house, even yesterday when there was a discussion going on the matter of drought in the country, the Congress boycotted the House, this is a very unfortunate state,” he added.

Naidu also said that drought, floods and natural calamities must be discussed in the House with utmost attention and added that there should not be any politics done over it.

“We have been very attentive on natural calamities since the day we assumed office,” he added.

Parliament experienced another day of uproar today with the Congress continuing its agitation in both Houses over the issue of political vendetta in the National Herald case.

The Congress members, continued to raise slogans while the ruling dispensation demanded a discussion on the drought situation in the country, saying they wanted a debate under Rule 193, as farmers were suffering.

Union Minister of State for Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy had earlier said that he was “surprised and shocked” over the attitude of Congress members when the House wanted to discuss the condition of farmers affected by drought. (ANI)

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