In yet another attempt to corner the government, Opposition on Friday attacked the NDA government over its move to extend Lok Sabha session for three days. The opposition parties termed government decision as “dictatorial”.
The government on its part rejected the criticism saying the decision was made after going over similar precedents in the past, but acknowledged that leaders of some parties could not be informed on Thursday as the Rajya Sabha worked till late evening and many ministers, including Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, were busy there.
Seeking response from the government, the opposition members from different political parties raised their pitch by getting in the Well of the house in protest. But the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that the House had been extended till May 13 after the Business Advisory Committee on Friday approved the decision taken by the government on Thursday.
While raising the matter in the house Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said “It’s a unilateral decision. The House was not taken into confidence, nor was the opposition. They (govt) take a decision and impose it on the Business Advisory Committee. This is dictatorship. This dictatorship will not be allowed in a democracy,”.
Attacking the government for creating an impression that the opposition was causing obstruction and not interested in running the House, he said they have been cooperative and therefore many bills could be passed during the session.