At all-party meet, Narendra Modi says govt ready to discuss all issues in Parliament's Winter Session; Opposition raises Farooq Abdullah's detention

Ahead of Parliament's Winter Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured at the all-party meeting that the government is ready to discuss all issues

Press Trust of India November 17, 2019 16:51:26 IST
At all-party meet, Narendra Modi says govt ready to discuss all issues in Parliament's Winter Session; Opposition raises Farooq Abdullah's detention
  • At the all-party meeting, the Opposition demanded that issues of economic slowdown, job loss and farm distress must be discussed during the Winter Session of Parliament

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this session should also be as productive as the last one

  • Opposition leaders also raised the issue of Abdullah's detention and demanded that he be allowed to attend the session

New Delhi: Ahead of Parliament's Winter Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured at the all-party meeting that the government is ready to discuss all issues, while the Opposition strongly raised Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah's detention and demanded that he be allowed to attend the House.

At allparty meet Narendra Modi says govt ready to discuss all issues in Parliaments Winter Session Opposition raises Farooq Abdullahs detention

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma and MDMK leader Vaiko after attending an all party meeting ahead of the winter session of Parliament. PTI

At the government-convened meeting, the Opposition demanded that the issues of economic slowdown, job loss and farm distress must be discussed during the session, Congress' leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.

At the meeting attended by 27 parties, the prime minister said most important job of the House is to discuss and debate, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters. Modi said that this session should also be as productive as the last one, according to Joshi.

"Government is ready to discuss all issues within the framework of rules and procedures of the Houses," Modi was quoted as saying. Constructive discussion in Parliament also keeps the bureaucracy alert, the prime minister said at the meeting.

Opposition leaders raised the issue of Abdullah's detention and demanded that he be allowed to attend the session, but got no definite response from the government, sources said. Farooq Abdullah's detention was raised at the all-party meet, National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi said, adding that the government is under constitutional obligation to ensure his participation in the Parliament session.

"How can a parliamentarian be detained illegally? He should be allowed to attend Parliament," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said. The government has detained Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a law enacted by his father and NC founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister.

Besides Modi, the all-party meeting was also attended by BJP chief Amit Shah and several senior Opposition leaders. The meeting was also attended by Union minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Chowdhury, Azad and deputy leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma. TMC leader Derek O Brien, LJP leader Chirag Paswan and Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav, Telugu Desam Party Jayadev Galla and V Vijaysai Reddy were among those present at the meeting.

The meeting was called by the government and moderated by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Meghwal.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had on Saturday appealed to all political parties for cooperation for ensuring smooth functioning of the House.

After an all-party meeting, which was also attended by Modi, the Speaker said floor leaders of different parties mentioned various issues that they wished to be discussed during the Winter Session, beginning 18 November till 13 December.

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