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Opposition walks out of House, but avoids total disruption


The Opposition parties have accused the government of running away from discussion in Parliament about the stand-off on the border with the Chinese troops. The Congress and many other Opposition parties forced one adjournment each in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha over the issue and also walked out of their respective Houses to protest against the Chair denying them their say after the defence minister’s statement on the border issue. Outside Parliament, the Congress leaders also responded to Home Minister Amit Shah’s attack on the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation over reported contributions from China by asking the government to disclose the name of Chinese firms which had reportedly contributed to the PM CARES Fund.

At the same time, the Opposition parties did praise the role of the Indian forces, did participate in the Parliamentary proceedings later in the day, including in the discussion on the demand for grants, as they were tactically cautious against stalling the Houses for the day to maintain the larger Opposition unity as well as to guard against the ruling side whipping up a ‘nationalist fervour’ to counter any Parliament disruption.

The Opposition build-up was demonstrated in the morning when a slew of notices for adjournment motion were submitted by senior MPs of both the Houses including Mallikarjun Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Randeep Surjewala, Kodikunnil Suresh, Syed Nasir Hussain, Manish Tewari, Danish Ali and Manoj Jha. The Opposition protested and forced adjournment of both Houses during the question hour when the presiding officers rejected their notices and asked them to wait for the defence minister’s statement.

Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge was heard demanding that the PM must come and make a statement. Later, the Opposition parties walked out after the Chair refused them permission to ask questions to the minister.
“The defence minister read out his statement and went away. When they did not give us clarification, all leaders of the opposition parties decided to stage a walkout…,” Kharge told media persons.

Countering Shah’s charge on RGF, Chowdhury said the Foundation had nothing to hide and said: “Let there be also a probe into which all Chinese companies have put their money into the PM CARES fund. ”

AICC spokesperson Pawan Khera demanded to know “the Chinese connection” of the Vivekananda Foundation and India Foundation and asked whether some Chinese apps had been used to help the BJP Lok Sabha election campaign. He reminded the government how PM Nehru had allowed a Parliamentary discussion on the Indo-China war of 1962. Rahul Gandhi, incidentally, has not tweeted any comment on the border issue till Tuesday evening.

Cautious Left

While there was no official statement from the CPM politburo on Tuesday on the border issue, CPI MP Binoy Vishwan said, “CPI’s consistent position is that border disputes should be resolved. The military way isn’t the (proper) way. India-China are good friends traditionally. They can meet, initiate dialogue and through talks it can be resolved. But every inch of Indian soil is precious for we Indians”.

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Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM was quoted by ANI as saying: “Clashes on the border happened on December 9 but we came to know about it on Monday even though the Parliament session is on.” “It’s weak political leadership of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi, he’s scared to take the name of China,” he added.

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Danish Ali of BSP asked why the government was hellbent on skirting any debate on the border situation with China, despite the developments there. The Opposition floor leaders will meet on Wednesday to firm up their House coordination.

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