Government to blame for parliament impasse, running away from debate: Opposition

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New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Congress and other opposition parties on Tuesday held the Narendra Modi government responsible for the continued impasse in Parliament and not making any efforts to sort out the stalemate that entered its 12th day, while claiming it was running away from debate.

In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, while speaking even as din prevailed in the House, said they wanted discussion on all pressing issues, including the PNB fraud, special status to Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery Water Management Board

However, as soon as he stood up to speak, members of AIADMK and TDP came near the Chairman’s podium and started shouting slogans, and Azad had to shout over the din to be heard.

He said that a number of opposition parties had met in the morning and decided that the House should function and all the relevant issues, including government bills, should be discussed.

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“We want the House to function. We want discussion on these issues, we want discussion on the bills. We want the government business to be transacted in addition to discussion on these issues. I request the government that it should engage itself with all these political parties,” he said, while attacking the government for making no effort to opposition leaders to sort out the issue.

“So the government is responsible for the impasse because it has made no effort to solve this issue. The opposition is unitedly interested in functioning and running the proceedings of the House,” he said.

Earlier, leaders of 10 parties, including the Congress, DMK, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Nationalist Congress Party and the Communist Party of India, met in Azad’s chamber and discussed the continued logjam.

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The opposition leaders, sources said, blamed the government for using a “friendly party” to disrupt the proceedings to avoid discussion on the multi-thousand-crore-rupee banking fraud.

Talking to reporters later, Azad said no senior minister has approached them to resolve the impasse as was the practice earlier in cases of impasse.

“But this is for the first time – budget session being so important – that no senior minister has approached the opposition parties,” Azad said.

He said the Rajya Sabha Chairman made efforts but the government had not come forward.

“The entire opposition holds that the Government is responsible for the impasse and for not taking any interest in the functioning of the Parliament. They are running away from the issues and debate,” Azad said, adding that the government was “very scared of” the bank scam.

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He alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha, had taken no initiative to resolve the impasse.

Party leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has not reached out to a single opposition party.

He said members of opposition were keen to take up the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha but the government doesn’t want a discussion on it.

“This is a conspiracy by the government to ensure that the Parliament does not function,” he said.

“Why is it that the finance budget can be passed in the din but a no-confidence motion cannot be discussed in the House? They cannot run away from an explanation and obfuscate and tell the people of India that today the opposition is not ready for a discussion. I think the people of India are aware of that today,” he said.

–IANS

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