Oppn blames govt for Parliament deadlock/

Kashmir Times. Dated: 7/28/2021 11:56:17 AM

Protests against Pegasus, farm laws continue in Parliament

NEW DELHI, Jul 27: The Opposition parties on Tuesday blamed the government for the seventh day of deadlock in the monsoon session of Parliament, saying it can be broken the moment it agrees for a debate in both the Houses on the Israeli spyware Pegasus used to spy on the Opposition leaders, judges, ministers and security personnel.

They said the government cannot wriggle out from the debate when the Opposition gives a notice collectively. They accused the government of misleading the country by claiming that it is willing to talk to the Opposition.

"We are doing our duty to prevent the government to convert our democracy into a surveillance state, into a police state," said Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma on behalf of the opposition leaders gathered outside the Parliament House complex to address the media.

Those who spoke to the media talked of the Parliament TV blacking out their protests they after they. They included Opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Samajwadi Party's Ramgopal Yadav, Trinamul's Sukhendu, DMK's Tiruchi Siva, CPI's Benoy Vishwam, CPM's Ilemaram Kari, RJD's Manoj Jha, and AAP's Sanjay Singh.

Kharge wondered why the Modi government is refusing to institute an inquiry under the supervision of the Supreme Court and hold a debate to find out who is spying on the Indians as it may be even a foreign country that has penetrated into India with or without permission, posing a serious danger to the national security.

He said the Opposition is also demanding a debate on the farmers, who are protesting at Delhi borders for the past eight months and who are holding "mock Parliament" just a km away at the Jantar Mantar to press for roll back of three controversial farm laws. The government has even stopped talking to the farmer leaders, he rued.

Anand Sharma said the Opposition has many other issues in its kitty for discussions in the monsoon session of Parliament, but the government does not want to answer, be it farmers' issues, price rise, the state of economy or rising unemployment. He said the opposition leaders had to speak outside to the media since whatever they say inside the House is blacked out as it is never telecast.

He said Parliament is not meant to just pass the legislations of the government and that too mostly without debate and it is a dark day for the democracy when it is not allowed to discuss anything except what the government wants.



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