A day before the Parliament session, the Congress Sunday raised with the government issues of unemployment, farmers distress, drought, and press freedom, while also calling for early conduct of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prime Minister NarendraModi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh,
Leader of Opposition in the RajyaSabhaGhulamNabi Azad, Congress lawmakers
AdhirRanjanChoudhary, K Suresh, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and
TMC leader Derek O’Brien were present at the meeting.
The opposition also strongly raised the issue of women’s
reservation bill with Trinamool Congress leaders SudipBandyopadhyay and O’Brien
asserting that the bill be listed and passed in the current session of
The opposition also flagged concerns over weakening of
federalism and asserted that “deliberately targeting of states is
“We congratulated the government. But with that we also
told them that this is a fight of ideologies, it was a fight of ideologies and
it will remain a fight of ideologies,” Azad told reporters after the
He said the Congress party is the foundation of secular
forces and will always work to keep that spirit alive whether it is in
government or in opposition.
“Even when out of power, we will continue to work for
the upliftment of farmers, labourers and women. We also said that there are
some issues that the government should pay attention to such as those of the
farmers, drought, lack of drinking water, and massive unemployment in the
country,” Azad said.
The government needs to immediately pay attention to
unemployment that has increased in the last five years, he asserted.
“We also raised the issue of freedom of press. The
behaviour of ruling party workers towards journalists was also raised. They
(journalists) are being beaten and efforts are being made to muzzle their
voice. We condemn that and urged the government to look into it,” he said.
Azad said the independence of institutions and
“weakening of federalism” was also taken up with the government at
On one hand the government says the environment is not
conducive for polls and that is why President’s rule has been imposed, and on
the other hand the centre says panchayat elections were carried out peacefully
last year, Azad said.
“We told the government that you are not conducting the
polls there because the BJP government will not be formed. That is why you want
to rule the state through Governor’s rule,” the former Chief Minister of
Jammu and Kashmir said.
An official statement said based on the prevailing situation
in Jammu and Kashmir as stated in the report of the Governor, the Union
Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the extension of
President’s rule in the state for a further period of six months with effect
from July 3, 2019, under article 356(4) of the Constitution of India.
The TMC raised the issues of electoral reforms, including
state funding of elections and paper ballots.
The party also flagged the opposition’s concerns over the
government’s use of ordinances, saying that in the spirit of the Constitution
this should be used only as an “emergency” tool.
“Unfortunately, in the 16th LokSabha it was blatantly
overused. Highest percentage of ordinances in 70 years,” Bandyopadhyay and
DISRUPTIONS BAD FOR PARLIAMENT: PM
The Prime Minister welcomed the newly-elected MPs and
expressed hope that fresh zeal and energy would be infused in the functioning
of the Parliament.
“We are for the people… We cannot win hearts by disrupting
the functioning of the Parliament. All parties must keep political differences
aside and commit themselves to tirelessly work in the direction of nation’s
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that there
was consensus across party lines to ensure a smooth functioning of Parliament
sans disruptions and deadlocks.
In the Budget session, the LokSabha and the RajyaSabha would
have 30 and 27 sittings respectively between June 17 and July 26.
Giving details, Joshi said the first session of the 17th
LokSabha will commence on June 17 while the 249th session of the RajyaSabha
will begin on June 20.
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