Government ready for a ‘constructive’ debate in Parliament on all issues: PM Modi | India News – Times of India


    NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Sunday assured political parties ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament that the government is ready to discuss all issues even as the opposition objected to a proposal that the PM would address all MPs on the Covid pandemic at the Parliament Annexe on Tuesday, insisting that he should speak in the two Houses or the Central Hall.
    Opposition parties said it will be “highly irregular” for the PM to speak to MPs at the Annexe at a time when Parliament is in session. At the all-party meeting on Sunday, parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said Modi will address MPs of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on July 20 on the pandemic. “What is the need to go outside Parliament? Any address should be on the floor of the House. This is another idea to bypass Parliament. Stop making a mockery of Parliament,” Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien said.
    After the meeting of parties, the PM tweeted, “Took part in the all-party meeting before the start of Parliament’s monsoon session. We look forward to a productive session where all issues can be debated as well as discussed in a constructive manner.” Joshi said that at the meeting, attended by 40 representatives from 33 political parties, Modi said suggestions made by the MPs are invaluable as they are directly linked to the people.
    At a separate meeting, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla assured that parties will be given adequate opportunities for discussion on issues of public interest and appealed to leaders to cooperate with smooth conduct of the House. He said he had requested leaders of parties in Lok Sabha to respect the sanctity and dignity of the House.
    CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the party’s position has always been that when Parliament is in session, whatever the government has to say, it can do so on the floor of the House. “It is highly irregular for the government to do this (PM’s proposed address to MPs). When the Parliament is in session, any address or presentation the government wants to make, it has to be done from inside Parliament,” he said.
    Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also attended the meeting. Floor leaders like O’’ Brien from TMC, Tiruchi Siva from DMK, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav and BSP’s Satish Mishra were also present. The Speaker informed the leaders that extensive arrangements have been made for safety of MPs, officials and the media, as per the Covid protocol.
    “The House represents the collective will and aspirations of the country and it is the responsibility of the members to voice the concerns of the people they represent amid the decorum and rules of the House,” Om Birla said.
    Opposition parties supported the demand of Congress and TMC for restoration of MPLAD funds, suspended in view of the pandemic. TMC, TRS, YSRCP and BSP sought discussions on Schedule 10 of the Constitution which deals with disqualification of lawmakers.
    On day one of the session, the PM will introduce the newly inducted ministers to both Houses. Two bills will be presented, including one by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman to amend the Factoring Regulations (amendment) Bill 2020. LJP leader Pashupati Kumar Paras, who was inducted into the Cabinet recently, will present the first bill of his tenure — The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneur and Management Bill 2021.
    When the monsoon session commences on Monday, there will be a record number of 40 obituary references in Lok Sabha on the first day to pay homage to MPs who passed away in the intervening period since the Budget session, which concluded on April 8. The last reference will be of Sharad Tripathi, who was an MP from Sant Kabir Nagar in 16th Lok Sabha. Tripathi’s father Ramapati Tripathi, is the current Lok Sabha MP from Deoria.

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