New Delhi: At the special session of Parliament on Monday, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury hit out at the central government over the violence in Manipur and the loss of Army officers in Jammu and Kashmir.
Recalling Congress’ opposition to the abrogation of Article 370 in 2019, he stated that soldiers are still sacrificing their lives in Jammu and Kashmir, which proves that their opposition was correct.
The Congress MP also noted that the Opposition parties have “no rights to oppose anything anymore”.
Stating that one side Jammu and Kashmir is “burning”, and on the other, Manipur, Chowdhury said this “means a lot more needs to be done” when it comes to the security situation in the country.
“Earlier, when soldiers lost their lives in the line of duty we observed silence, this doesn’t happen now,” Chowdhury added.
During his address, he also recalled Nehru’s contribution to the evolution of parliamentary democracy in the country, noting that the leader was “tireless in listening to the voice of the Opposition and never mocked or deflected when answering questions.”
“Pandit Nehru had said that Parliamentary democracy demands many virtues, it demands ability, devotion to work, and self-discipline. Even the Speaker bell would ring for Jawaharlal Nehru when he exceeded his time limit while making speeches in the Parliament, this shows that no one is beyond Parliament’s derogative, that was Nehru’s contribution to the development of Parliamentary democracy in India,” the Congress MP added. Addressing the MPs in Lok Sabha, he also said that MPs are not allowed to participate in Zero Hour or Question Hour.
Chowdhury said that the Opposition wanted the sanctity of the Parliament to continue. The Congress MP also said, “I don’t understand where 75 years of Amrit Kaal have come from”.
He spoke right after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the special session of Parliament, where he talked about the significant historical events that took place in the old Parliament building in the last 75 years.
The House proceedings will move to the New Parliament building on Tuesday (September 19), and the discussion on the journey of 75 years of the old Parliament is likely to be the last one in the old premises.
With Inputs From India Express
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