05 March, 2021

‘The Modi Government Is Evading Parliamentary Scrutiny’

‘The Modi Government Is Evading Parliamentary Scrutiny’

Congress leader and chairperson of the parliamentary committee on home affairs, Anand Sharma, tells Preetha Nair that it’s unfortunate that the central government is not letting the parliamentary standing committees function. Excerpts from the interview:

Why do you think it’s imperative to convene a Parliament session now?

In these challenging times, people expect their elected representatives to take up issues that need urgent attention. The pandemic is an unprecedented crisis. It is important that all the decisions of the government are scrutinised by Parliament as that is what the Constitution stipulates. If required, the MPs can also make suggestions for the government to consider. Therefore, it’s a matter of concern that the government is evading parliamentary scrutiny altogether. The PM was urged by opposition leaders individually and collectively to take the nation into confidence, and to brief the leadership of the political parties. We have taken it up through the defence minister and conveyed to the government...

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