New Delhi: A united Opposition on Monday cornered the Narendra Modi government over BJP MP Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's controversial remarks and Delhi cab rape case and pressed for a resolution when the Parliament convened for normal business.
As per reports, the Congress-led Opposition backed by the CPI-M demanded a resolution from the Government over the hate speech controversy in Rajya Sabha. Congress leader Anand Sharma moved the resolution in Rajya Sabha against the BJP minister's hate speeches, saying they did not want her to quit. However, Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha said he didn't give permission.
The Opposition MPs also entered the Well of the Upper House and stalled proceedings. With the din continuing, the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, who categorically rejected the Opposition demand for a resolution, also adjourned the House till noon.
Later when the House reassembled, Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari called an all-party meeting to end the deadlock after a week of disruptions despite statements by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in both houses.
Following the compromise accepted by the government as well as the Opposition, the chairperson appealed to all parties to "maintain civility in public discourses and uphold commitment to constitutional values." Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu also confirmed the development saying the impasse overe the minister's remark has ended now after RS chairperson's intervention.
Congress, TMC Members of Parliament earlier met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, whom they had accused of bias and boycotted Parliament session. Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad also met this morning to discuss strategy to resolve Parliament logjam, sources claimed.
MA Naqvi, MoS Parliamentary Affairs this morning said, “We want the Parliament to function peacefully, we have been positive about the Opposition's demands,” adding that the party is ready for discussion on any issue.
MA Naqvi, MoS Parliamentary Affairs this morning said, “We want the Parliament to function peacefully, we have been positive about the Opposition's demands.”
While AAP leader Ashutosh said that the Delhi cab rape case will be raised in the Parliament.
AAP will raise the Uber rape issue in parliament also.#AAP4WomenSafety
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) December 8, 2014
In a bid to break the logjam over the issue, the centre had on Sunday night appealed to opposition parties to move on and enable smooth functioning of the House from today.
In a bid to break the logjam over the issue, the Centre had on Sunday night appealed to opposition parties to move on and enable smooth functioning of the House from today.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu's appeal came in the wake of wash out of Rajya Sabha proceedings virtually for a week and disruptions in the Lok Sabha over the Union Minister's remarks for which she later expressed regret.
"Parliament belongs to both treasury and opposition parties. Both are responsible for its smooth functioning. One precious week was lost in Rajya Sabha last week. Minister Sadhvi Niranjan and the PM responded quickly out of respect for opposition and Parliament. Our government has the highest respect for opposition. I appeal to all parties to enable smooth functioning of Parliament from tomorrow," he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also issued a fresh appeal to parties on Friday last but it failed to break the deadlock.
In the Rajya Sabha, nine opposition parties had come out with a joint statement seeking joint resolution condemning the remarks of Sadhvi who, they said, deserves outright sacking.
The government is also expected to engage the Opposition in talks to break the deadlock over the controversy as it is under pressure to take up several crucial bills for clearance.
The Opposition has made it clear that they would not back down further from the demand for a resolution to censure divisive remarks by MPs and ministers. Sources claim that the government may agree to a resolution provided its language is not embarrassing for it.
While the winter session runs into the last week of December, there is bound to be urgency in the ruling ranks because of the heavy legislative agenda lined up including key reform bills like on coal allocation and FDI in insurance sector which is to be cleared by the select committee.