Speaker of the Lok Sabha : The Congress had decided in the meeting of the party’s Parliamentary Affairs Strategic Group that it would surround the government in the winter session by raising the demands of farmers’ organizations, including the legal guarantee of MSP, inflation and other issues in both the houses.
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has demanded Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to pass a consolation motion to pay respect to the farmers who lost their lives during the one-year-long agitation ahead of the winter session of Parliament. For this, he wrote a letter to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha on Saturday. The winter session is going to start from Monday and the government will introduce a bill to repeal three agricultural laws in the Lok Sabha on the very first day.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury wrote in the letter to Om Birla, “I request you that as a mark of respect to our Annadata (farmers), the House may unanimously pass a consolation motion for the farmers who lost their lives during the agitation. It will be our honor to pass a resolution in the House for the sacrifices our farmer brothers have made for the country.
Farmers’ organizations have claimed that around 700 farmers have died so far during the ongoing farmers’ agitation since November 2020. However, the central government does not accept these figures. The Union Cabinet had recently approved a bill to withdraw all three agricultural laws after the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi, in his address on November 19, had said that he failed to convince a section of farmers about the benefits of these laws.
Congress to hold meeting with opposition parties
The Congress has called a meeting of leaders of several opposition parties on November 29 in an effort to increase solidarity and coordination among opposition parties on various issues during the winter session of Parliament. The winter session of Parliament will run from November 29 to December 23. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Friday wrote to the House leaders of various opposition parties, urging them to attend the meeting to be held on Monday to discuss the issues to be raised in the Parliament session.
In the letter, Kharge said, “This session is very important for all of us in the context of raising important issues. I am calling a meeting of the leaders of the opposition parties of both the houses in my chamber located in Parliament House on November 29 at 9.45 am. Working unitedly to raise the issue in Parliament will help.
Congress will take up these issues including China
Congress Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said that Congress is the mainstay of opposition unity. He said, “We have a constitutional duty, which we follow. We realize that we are the main opposition party of the country. People expect us to raise their issues. We will take up the issues of the people.”
The Congress on Thursday decided in a meeting of the party’s Parliamentary Affairs Strategic Group that it would take up the demands of farmers’ organizations, including legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP), dismissal of Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, in this winter session. But raising issues like China’s aggression and Pegasus espionage case in both the houses will surround the government.