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Opposition skips government meeting in House deadlock following suspension of deputies, Center responds | Latest India News

Five opposition parties boycotted a government-called meeting on Monday to end the stalemate in Rajya Sabha that resulted from the suspension of 12 lawmakers, leading the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to accuse its political rivals of working with the “disruption and disruption mantra” to make sure the upper house is not functioning.

With only three days left for the winter session and the government’s late attempt fail, the productivity of the Rajya Sabha will suffer further. According to data from PRS Legislative Research, the Upper House has been able to devote only 44% of its allotted time to House business so far this session.

The meeting between Union ministers and leaders of Congress, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India, scheduled for 10 a.m., met its predetermined fate after the opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Sunday that the invitation to just five parties was “unjust and unfortunate”.

On Monday, Kharge called an opposition meeting at 9.45 am and informed the other leaders that they had “made our position clear.” “When all the opposition is united, there is no point in attending the meeting,” he said.

Union Minister and Rajya Sabha leader Piyush Goyal, who was waiting for opposition leaders at the venue, later criticized them for their absence. “They have nothing to offer except disruption and disruption. They could have made their point at the meeting and maybe the government would have invited everyone, ”he said. “The leaders of five opposition parties were summoned under the leadership of chairman Rajya Sabha,” Goyal added.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi refuted the government’s attack on the opposition filibustering and said if the Center has the courage it should allow debates on the issues raised by the opposition. “There is a relentless attack on democracy and that is why we are fighting here,” Gandhi said, accusing the government of not allowing debates on price hikes, Lakhimpur Kheri and other issues.

Reiterating the request for the dismissal of Deputy Home Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra, Gandhi tweeted: “What kind of government doesn’t he know how to run Parliament?

Raising their stake on Monday, four opposition parties – Congress, DMK, TMC and SP – also boycotted the Rajya Sabha Affairs Advisory Committee meeting that decided the final three days of House business. Congress, meanwhile, sent a three-line whip to its members asking them to attend Rajya Sabha on Tuesday “without fail” and to “support [the] party stand. Some opposition leaders have also left the upper chamber after Kharge was unable to speak in the chamber on the suspension of MPs.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi stressed that “the priority for more than six decades has been that suspended members have almost always apologized for their conduct before being allowed to participate in the work of Parliament”.

Later that day, the two sides met separately with the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu. Congress leaders have also called for the bill to raise the age of marriage for women not to be rushed through but to be considered by parliamentary panels.

Officials say the Biodiversity (Amendment) Bill and Mediation Bill 2021 should also come under close scrutiny.