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Govt ran away from Parliament: Congress

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 Congress on Tuesday slammed the government for adjourning the Monsoon Session of Parliament four days ahead of its schedule, and said the ruling dispensation was running away from questions raised by the Opposition.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said entire Opposition wanted to run the House on August 10 and 12, even though August 9 was a holiday on account of Muharram and August 11, for Rakhi.

“Did they not know there were going to be two holidays in this week when they made the schedule?” Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said.

Gogoi said Congress wanted to raise issues like India-China border situation, Agnipath Scheme, and several other issues.

“BJP is running away from debate,” said Ramesh.

“When we pulled them up over price rise, govt could give no answers.

“Finance Minister could’t see price rise. Though the RBI governor himself said inflation today in unacceptably high range. Our Finance Minister talked about Sri Lanka, Ukraine, but nothing about steps taken for controlling price rise,” said Gogoi.

“When we ask questions we are suspended”.

“In question hour we get to hear threats not reply. Corporate Affairs minister used unparliamentary language yesterday. After the House was adjourned, their MPs misbehaved with Sonia Gandhi. They want to make the Parliament ‘hollow’.”

Ramesh said, government listed 32 Bills for the session, and then “Parliament adjourned ahead of schedule even as there was business. Why?”

“On July 17 we raised 13 issues on which we wanted debate. We were hoping 6-7 will be taken up. Only one issue was discussed, after two weeks and due to Opposition’s pressure,” Jairam Ramesh said.

“PM talked about productivity. I want to tell PM there are two pillars of democracy- productivity and accountability. In their leadership accountability is zero,” he said.

Ramesh added that Congress will continue to raise people’s issues inside and outside Parliament.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned on Monday, four days ahead of schedule. The Monsoon Session of Parliament started on July 18, and was supposed to end on August 12.

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