Charging the Government of not allowing Parliament to run, members of 14 Opposition parties on Wednesday said they want a discussion in both Houses on the burning issues facing the country including the dilution in the SC/ST Act, the bank scams, the Cauvery issue and the special status for Andhra.
Govt does not want Parliament to run: Opposition
Addressing a joint press conference along with various opposition parties, leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "leaders of the 14 opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party, the Left parties, the RJD and the Aam Aadmi Party met at around 1130 hours on Wednesday and demanded that there should be a discussion in Parliament on all issues of national importance like the dilution of the SC/ST Act, the demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh, the Cauvery issue, the CBSE paper leak and the bank scams.''
Describing the dilution of the SC/ST Act as an issue that concerned one fourth of the population of the country, Mr Azad said, "Should Opposition keep silent on this issues and not raise in the floor of the both Houses. We demand that SC/ST issue and other burning issues facing the country be discussed in both the Houses of Parliament.''
Charging the government of running away from discussion on these issues in parliament, he said,'' the entire Opposition wants discussion in Parliament on, SC/ST issue, Cauvery water issue, AP special status issue, Bank fraud, CBSE paper leak issue. But, government is sitting as silent spectator and it has failed to find solution.
They(government) don't want House to run.''
He said that the opposition was ready to sit in Parliament to pass the important legislations but at the same time wanted a discussion on important issues be held in Parliament.
"We are ready to sit extra time in the House and pass the legislation. But a discussion on important issues faced by the country should be held in Parliament,''he said.
He said that the leaders of the 14 opposition parties including SP, CPI, RJD, AAP led by Congress on Wednesday morning met Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in this regard.