Allow Parliament to work, Venkaiah Naidu pleads with opposition
New Delhi: Information & Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu appealed to opposition parties on Monday to allow Parliament to function so that the remaining period of winter session should be ‘utilized’ as the government was ready for debate on any issue, including demonetization.
Both Houses of Parliament had witnessed heated exchanges between the government and the opposition parties over the way a debate should take place on demonetization announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.
In view of the continued pandemonium in both Houses of Parliament, the Union minister said, “We are ready for debate and discussion in Parliament. There would be discussion on all the issues, not only demonetization, but also on all other issues that the members want to raise. “I appeal to the opposition parties to come back to the discussion table, allow the House to function and see to it that the people’s aspirations are met in Parliament,” Naidu said.
His comments came just ahead of a few days left for the month-long winter session of Parliament which ends on December 16. Parliament has holidays on Monday and Tuesday on account of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. Venkaiah said, “We are ready to do anything but those people (opposition) are not allowing Parliament to function. Whether they have understood the reason (behind disruption) or not but we have really not understood,” he said.
“I am always optimistic. Parliament should run and the remaining time of the session should be utilized…Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is also not being allowed to speak so he had to go to people’s Assembly,” Naidu said
Citing the comments of President Pranab Mukherjee and veteran BJP leader L K Advani, Venkaiah Naidu said, “It is in everyone’s heart to see Parliament runs smoothly. -NSS