Updated: Aug 11, 2021 11:54 PM STI
New Delhi [India], Aug 11 (ANI): Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Wednesday claimed opposition members “roughed up marshals” at the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and said their behavior during the session was a “point black in the history of Indian democracy “.
“What happened yesterday, today, and also on August 4th, will be a black spot in the history of Indian democracy. The marshals have been roughed up. Crossing all limits, there has been an attempt to ‘attack by the marshals. However, they continued to stand with the greatest patience. I urge the government to form a committee and take strict action against them (members of the opposition), “Joshi told the ANI.
Asked about allegations that women parliamentarians were mistreated by marshals, he said: “Women parliamentarians have not been mistreated, I can dispute that.”
The Union Minister also called on the President to make the CCTV images in the public domain.
“What happened today, I urge the president to make the CCTV footage in the public domain,” he said.
Joshi also called the disruption of opposition members a “planned attempt”.
“During the monsoon session of Parliament, everything that happened until the end was a planned attempt. From day one they (the opposition) said we would delete the current session. They are remained silent when the opposition leaders spoke while this did not happen when the heads of government spoke, “he said.
The minister said the Center had agreed to engage in discussions on the issues raised by the opposition.
“The government had agreed to discuss the economic situation and rising prices, COVID-19 and also agricultural issues including bills. Later they came to Pegasus. We released a statement on the moto on The question. An opportunity for clarification was given but they did not use it, ”he said.
Joshi also referred to previous incidents in the House, including one in which a window was smashed and a female security member injured.
“When the president suspended six people, they tried to enter the room after it was closed and they also tried to smash the glass of the door which hit a member of security,” Joshi said, alleging that attempts had been made to lower security morale. Staff.
He also noted that the government wishes to hear “constructive criticism”.
“They demanded a discussion on agriculture and we accepted. But they shouted and created a ruckus. We want to hear constructive criticism. We waited. But after 10-15 minutes, 2-3 politicians got on the road. table of reports and not only that, a video was also recorded which is illegal. The video clippings were then posted on social networks. They were throwing rule books, which could have hurt people “, a- he declared.
“I condemn this attitude. If the government makes a mistake, you will tell the people. The people gave their mandate to the government led by Narendra Modi. , spreading lies is worth being condemned, ”he added.
The minister said Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu made an emotional appeal to members of the opposition not to behave in this way.
“On this point as well, people made negative comments after going out. He was sorry because he had been in politics for so many years and people tried to make fun of him,” he said. -he declares.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, two days before the scheduled closure of the Upper House of Parliament. Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die earlier today.
The opposition resorted to vehement protests on Wednesday as the 2021 General Insurance Business (Nationalization) Amendment Bill was considered in the Upper House after unanimously passing a bill amendment to the constitution.
The bill was proposed for consideration and adoption by Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman. Protesting opposition members came to the House well and some of them were seen tearing up papers.
They accused the government of failing to follow parliamentary standards and of “bulldozing” the legislation. The Insurance Industry Amendment (Nationalization) Bill was passed after the Upper House unanimously passed the Constitution Amendment Bill to allow states to prepare their own CBO lists.
The opposition also protested and forced adjournments on their other demands, including an investigation into allegations of surveillance through Pegasus spyware and the repeal of new farm laws. (ANI)