Even in times of Covid-19, Opposition isn’t willing to let Parliament function
The predicted spectacle of Opposition disrupting the proceedings of the Parliament was witnessed on the first day of Monsoon Session which led to the prime minister Narendra Modi claiming that with so many OBCs, Dalits and women in the new cabinet, he thought there would be an “atmosphere of enthusiasm.”
"I was thinking that there will be an atmosphere of enthusiasm in the House today, because our women MPs have become ministers in large numbers, our Dalit brothers have become ministers in large numbers, our tribal companions have become ministers in large numbers. Everyone should be happy about this," said PM Modi.
Slamming the Opposition for their sloganeering, PM Modi said, "Coming from farmer families, MPs coming from rural environment have become ministers in large numbers, it should have been a pleasure to welcome them. But perhaps the women of the country, tribals, OBCs, sons of farmers became ministers, some people do not like this thing, so they do not even allow them to be introduced.”
Modi was joined by Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla in condemning the Opposition for dragging the “dignity” of the parliament down through their disruption.
Modi’s new cabinet has 27 OBCs, 8 STs, 12 SC and 11 women ministers. It has 13 lawyers, six doctors, five engineeers, seven civil servants and four former CMs, besides 18 former ministers from states and 39 former MLAs.
Monsoon session would transact business for 19 days till August 13. Ahead of the session, Modi had told media that he hoped MPs would respond in a peaceful manner.
PM Modi said, "The pandemic has engulfed the world and humankind. That's why we want that there should be a constructive debate regarding the pandemic in Parliament. It should be discussed on priority. We hope to get suggestions from honourable MPs so that there can be innovation in the fight against the pandemic. Shortcomings can be addressed. And everyone can move ahead together."
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