The government’s responsibility to run Parliament: Rahul Gandhi – WeForNews


New Delhi: Congressman and former President of Congress Rahul Gandhi on Monday blamed the government for the standoff in parliament and said the onus is on the government to run the House.

Against the charge of the government accusing the opposition of not allowing the House to function, Rahul Gandhi said: “We are not allowed to raise issues in the House. We want the government to sack Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni and discuss the Lakhimpur Kheri case in the House, but the government has not allowed us to do so.

He added: “We wanted to raise the Ladakh issue, but the government did not allow it. Likewise, the government did not allow discussion of farmers’ problems, suspension of Rajya Sabha deputies and then accuse us of not allowing the House to function.

Rahul Gandhi said it is the government’s responsibility to run the House and conduct business in a proper manner.

Responding to the wiretapping case, Rahul Gandhi said that even in the Pegasus case, the government did not allow discussion in the House. He alleged that democracy is under attack and that it happens again and again.

Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations, Rajya Sabha leader and Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that while the responsibility for leading parliament lies with the government, it is also with the opposition to cooperate.

Targeting opposition parties, Goyal said MPs create a heckle, undermine the dignity of the House and are not even ready to apologize. It shows the mentality of the opposition.

Goyal added that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi summoned the leaders of the suspended MPs for a meeting at the request of the Rajya Sabha president, but they did not come.

Speaking on the allegation of opposition leader Rajya Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge to break opposition unity, Goyal said if he had anything to suggest he should have come for the meeting. The government is said to have called other parties as well.

Reacting to Congressman Anand Sharma’s advice to follow the example of 2010, Piyush Goyal said that no BJP MP was suspended in 2010 but Arun Jaitley, as opposition leader in the time, had criticized the behavior of deputies and expressed regret on several occasions. He said MPs also personally apologized at the time.

Pralhad Joshi claimed that in India’s parliamentary history since 1962, MPs have been repeatedly suspended and each time the suspension has been revoked after apologizing.

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