Maintain restraint: PM Modi’s advice to BJP MPs amid opposition protests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday advised his party colleagues to maintain restrain and protect the dignity of the House in the face of opposition protests in Parliament.

Addressing party MPs at the BJP parliamentary party meeting, the Prime Minister asked them not to lose calm as the opposition continues its chaotic protests inside both Houses.

PM Modi also slammed the opposition for disrupting proceedings, said Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. “This is an insult to Parliament, people, constitution and Democracy,” PM was quoted as saying over the opposition’s disruptions.
Both Houses of Parliament have been witnessing ruckus with the opposition parties, including Congress-led UPA, TMC, Left parties as well as BSP and SAD MPs, raising slogans and holding placards demanding a discussion on Pegasus spyware and farm bills.

During today’s parliamentary party meeting, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a presentation on the state of the economy. Sources said she told MPs that the welfare schemes initiated by the government have given relief to the poor who were facing issues due to the Covid pandemic. She said the economy has picked up after a lull from June -July.

The speaker took up the Question Hour and it went on till 12.45 pm amidst the pandemonium. As the questions were related to the agriculture ministry, Union Minister Piyush Goyal slammed the opposition MPs for not raising issues related to farmers inside the House.

Speaker Om Birla also criticised the opposition MPs while adjourning the proceedings for 15 minutes.
Birla said he has allowed seven questions related to farmers but the opposition did not want to raise any issue related to them. “I wanted you to ask questions about the farmers’ issues but you didn’t want to. You were just raising slogans. You were sent to Parliament to ask questions and raise issues,” Birla said.

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