NEW DELHI: After the government decided not to convene the Winter Session of Parliament due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Congress hit the Center for “undermining” parliamentary democracy‘, claiming that the opposition had not been consulted on the matter.
Speaking to IANS, former Union Minister Manish Tewari, who even protested at the Jantar Mantar demanding the session, said, “Never before in the history of the Indian parliament has such a parliament undermined parliamentary democracy. Parliament meets, joint parliamentary committees meet three times a week, then why is the government running away from the Winter Session and hiding behind a pandemic, which it has sadly and absolutely managed? ”
“The country faces great challenges, China is still illegally occupying our land, the economy is in recession, farmers are on the streets and there is no clarity on how the vaccine would be administered. This parody has never happened since 1952, “Tewari added.
Another congressman leader Jairam Ramesh said, “The leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha has not been consulted. Pralhad Joshi as usual departs from the truth. ”
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi in his letter to the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, explained that no Winter Session of the Parliament will be convened due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Budget Session is likely to be named. in January 2021.
Chowdhury, in his letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on December 3 mentioned a number of issues such as agitation of farmers, state / preparation of Covid-19 vaccine, Chinese intrusion, economic slowdown and unemployment scenario to press a short Winter Session.
In connection with that letter to Birla, Joshi wrote to Chowdhury that the winter months are crucial for managing the pandemic due to the recent outbreak in cases during this period, especially in Delhi.
“Currently we are in mid-December and a Covid vaccine is expected very soon. In this regard, I have informally contacted the floor leaders of various political parties and they have expressed their concerns about the ongoing pandemic and thought to end the Winter Session,” Joshi said.
“The government is ready to have the next session of parliament at the earliest. It would be appropriate to have the Budget Session in January 2021 given the unprecedented circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Joshi said.
The minister also pointed this out the Monsoon Session was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Monsson Session of Parliament in September this year was one of the most productive sessions of Parliament, with 27 Bills passed by both Houses.