Hitting again on the eight Central ministers, who on Thursday held a joint press convention and accused the Congress-led Opposition of ‘not letting the Parliament run and therefore bringing an abrupt finish to the Monsoon Session, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien pitched eight inquiries to the ministers ganging up in opposition to the Opposition. He even termed the presser as a ‘faff.’
Putting the blame on the Opposition for unruly scenes witnessed in the course of the monsoon session of Parliament, a gaggle of union ministers on Thursday mentioned Rajya Sabha Chairman should take the strongest doable motion in opposition to those that broke the foundations.
Refuting all of the allegations of the Centre, Brien requested eight inquiries to the ministers which included issues like Pegasus controversy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi absence in the course of the OBC debate in Parliament.
Brien posted a video message on Twitter and wrote, “8 Ministers just addressed a press conference. To them, we ask. Answer even one of these 8 questions. Try. Then talk to us about #Parliament. The United Opposition have a strong case. You are full of faff.”
“Why was the Prime Minister missing during the OBC debate in parliament? The former Prime Ministers Deve Gowda ji and Manmohan Singh ji were there. Where was Prime Minister Modi?” the Trinamool MP mentioned.
“Why were 38 bills passed in both houses with an average discussion time of 10 minutes per bill? Why has only one out of 10 bills gone from the Lok Sabha for parliamentary scrutiny? Why are almost 4 bills out of every 10 bills are ordinances? Earlier it was one or two,” he mentioned.
“Why has the Prime Minister of India not answered a single question in the Rajya Sabha in the last five years? Manmohan Singh ji answered 22 questions. Why in two years, the government hasn’t elected a Deputy Speaker in the Lok Sabha?” O’Brien requested.
“Why did you not allow the opposition a discussion on Pegasus, internal security, repeal of farm laws. Government must have its way, the opposition must have its say. Whose business is it to run parliament? Is it the government’s responsibility or the opposition’s responsibility? And who is the government accountable to? The people,” he added.
Presenting a united face of Opposition, RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha additionally posted these eight questions in Hindi.
On Thursday, the ministers mentioned the opposition should apologise for “disruptive (and) threatening behaviour” that compelled Parliament to shut two days early, as they countered allegations “outsiders not part of Parliament security were brought in to manhandle opposition MPs, including women”.
“We had to take a decision to end the monsoon session early because, and I am quoting the opposition, (they were) literally threatening that if we attempt to pass other bills (after the OBC and Insurance bills) there will be even more serious damage in Parliament,” Pralhad Joshi, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, mentioned.
The tumultuous Monsoon session of Parliament was on Wednesday curtailed by two days. Leaders of a number of opposition events on Thursday marched in protest in opposition to the federal government on a number of points, together with Pegasus, farm legal guidelines, and alleged manhandling of their MPs in Rajya Sabha, with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi saying the voice of individuals was crushed in Parliament and democracy was “murdered”.