New Delhi: Despite the monsoon session of Parliament being a near washout so far, the government hopes to resolve the impasse at an all-party meeting tomorrow to pave the way for discussion on issues raised by the opposition.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu had on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi can also intervene during the discussions, if required.
Congress-led opposition has stalled the proceedings of Parlament insisting on the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for helping “fugitive” former IPL boss Lalit Modi. It is also seeking the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam.
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The government has also called an all party meeting to device a way to end the two-week long deadlock in Parliament with an all-party meeting today.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be addressing a party Parliamentary meeting
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PM Modi to hold meeting with senior cabinet ministers today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding a meeting with senior cabinet ministers at 10:30 a.m. in the Parliament today.
Lokjam: PM Modi may intervene if required
Asked if Prime Minister Modi will intervene during discussions, Naidu said,”…Let me hear from them (opposition parties including Congress) instead of going by media reports and all. If there is a debate, if there is a discussion, and if it warrants, the Prime Minister can intervene, always. He has intervened earlier also.”
Deprecating any blame-game over the disruptions in Parliament, the Minister asked the opposition to allow discussion as there was no substitute for a healthy debate in democracy.
Naidu has also requested Congress party and opposition (parties) to allow Parliament to function.
Congress accuses government of “neither being serious nor sincere”
However, the Congress party has accused the government of “neither being serious nor sincere” in breaking the two-week long impasse.
“The unwarranted, uncharitable and provocative statement made by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and the BJP accusing the Congress of disruption makes it abundantly clear that the government is neither serious nor sincere in breaking the stalemate for the Parliament to function,” senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said.