Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has expressed grief over the poor end of the Parliament session. P Chidambaram has blamed the Speakers of both the houses for this. He said that the chair in both the houses is not neutral as it should be. The former Finance Minister said that the last day happened in the Rajya Sabha, the reason behind it was that the government wanted to pass the bill secretly while going back from its point. Apart from this, Chidambaram also questioned the absence of Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in the debates going on during the session. He said the ‘two-man’ BJP government has very little respect for Parliament. If both of these work, then they should lock down the Parliament.
Opposition will fight BJP in next election
In an interview with news agency Bhasha, the former Union minister said he is confident that the opposition will be able to take on the BJP in the 2024 general elections. He described patience, dialogue and meeting as important for this. The monsoon session of Parliament was adjourned two days ahead of schedule on Wednesday. Earlier, when the Rajya Sabha was adjourned indefinitely, opposition MPs clashed with the marshals. Opposition MPs were marching towards the chair and treasury benches in protest. That’s when the marshals tried to stop them. The ruling BJP has blamed Congress and opposition members for the clash in Parliament. At the same time, opposition leaders say that the government wants to avoid debate on various issues, including the Pegasus espionage case. Leaders of the ruling party have blamed the opposition leaders for the uproar in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. At the same time, leaders of Congress and other parties say that opposition MPs, including women MPs, have been treated unfairly in Parliament.
Government backtracked from its word
Eight ministers of the government on Wednesday blamed the opposition for obstructing the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha. On this, P Chidambaram said that the government is behind all this. Parliament was adjourned indefinitely after the Constitution Amendment Bill for OBC Reservation was passed in the Rajya Sabha. Whereas the opposition had made it clear that it would oppose changes in the General Insurance Law, as its passage would open the way for privatization of all general insurance companies. Therefore, before passing it, it should be sent to the Select Committee of Parliament. Chidambaram said that when there was an agreement between the opposition and the government that the bill would not be passed in this session. Despite this, after the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill, the government was forced to pass the General Insurance Reform Bill and two other bills. He said that the BJP is getting used to passing the bill secretly.
expressed disappointment over the role of the chair
P Chidambaram, a key member of the Strategic Front of the Congress, said the move from the government was aggrieved by the opposition, so it was strongly opposed. Chidambaram said he was deeply saddened to say this, but the chair did not play its role as impartially as it should have. Whatever happened was behind the intention of the government to secretly get the bill passed. Chidambaram was told that Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu have expressed their disappointment over the behavior of the opposition parties. To this, he said that the chair should play its role impartially. They shouldn’t take sides of either one, but unfortunately that’s what happened.