NEW DELHI: The
on Tuesday lashed out at the government for not revealing the agenda and proposed business to be taken up during the special session of the Parliament.
Addressing a press briefing, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said whenever a special session is convened, all parties are informed about the agenda in advance and there is a broad agenda prepared and discussed with the opposition parties.
He stated that the party will participate in the special session, but the discussion should be done on people’s issues.
Congress MP Jairam Ramesh: 5-day special session of Parliament announced to divert attention from INDIA meeting
“We are seeing for the first time that PM
and his associates announced a 5-day special session to divert attention from the INDIA meeting. We don’t have any information as to what matters will be taken up during this session. Today the Congress party has decided that we will participate in this special session, but discussion should be done on people’s issues,” Jairam Ramesh told the media.
“This session has been called only to divert the attention of the people. We want that in the special session, along with economic, political issues, issues related to foreign policy and borders should also be discussed. We are not going to sit for a
,” he said.
The Congress further said that the floor leaders of the opposition bloc — ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA)’ will meet at Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence and discuss the issues and demands that will be put forth for discussion in the House.
Earlier Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi had called for a meeting of the party’s Parliamentary Strategy group.
Centre has called for a special session between September 18 to 20.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament, which concluded last month, was held in the old Parliament building. The announcement of the Special Session came as a surprise in political circles with the parties gearing up for assembly polls in five states later this year.
The Centre on Saturday constituted an eight-member committee to examine and make recommendations for holding simultaneous elections in the country.
(With agency inputs)