Government cites Covid-19, nothing winter meeting; Opposition screams lazily | India News

NEW DELHI: The government said on Tuesday that the winter session of parliament would not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Criticism from opposition parties who claimed they had not been consulted with Congress called it “the decimation of parliamentary democracy”.
In a December 14 letter to the chairman of the Lok Sabha Congress, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said he had “made informal contact with the leaders of various political parties” and “they have expressed concern about them.” ongoing pandemic and expressed their views. ” abolish the winter session ”.
Chowdhury had previously tried to convene the winter meeting to discuss farmers’ protests and find a way to end the impasse among other important issues.
“The winter months are very important in managing the pandemic as this period has seen an increase in recent times, particularly in Delhi,” Joshi said.
“The government is ready to hold the next session of parliament at the earliest. It would be appropriate to hold the budget meeting in January 2021, taking into account the unprecedented circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, “the minister wrote.
After Ghulam Nabi Azad told his colleagues that he had not been consulted by the government, Jairam Ramesh, the head of Congress in the house, tweeted: “The opposition leader in Rajya Sabha was NOT consulted. As always, Mr. Pralhad Joshi deviates from the truth. ”
Congressman Shashi Tharoor wondered why the session couldn’t be held virtually. “Now give me a good reason why it is not possible to have a ‘parliament from home’? Are we so backward in IT that we cannot join 543 MPs?” he tweeted.
Congressional spokesman Randeep Surjewala, who turned to the government, said the “decimation of parliamentary democracy is complete” with this decision.
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said: “According to GoI, elections can take place, election campaigns can take place, schools can reopen, colleges can hold exams, hotels and restaurants can open, fitness centers too … The only place that GoI can use considered the most dangerous is its parliament, therefore not a session. ”