Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge Wednesday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah saying the latter’s letter to some Opposition leaders on the Manipur issue showed the difference between the government’s words and actions.
“The day PM Modi compares us with a terrorist organisation, the home minister writes a letter seeking cooperation from the opposition parties. The gap between the govt and the opposition existed for years, but now we see a gap in the govt as well. Calling INDIA directionless by PM Modi is unfortunate,” Kharge wrote in his letter.
“The government’s attitude, as opposed to the spirit of your letter, has been insensitive and arbitrary in Parliament. This attitude isn’t new, rather the opposition has witnessed it in several previous sessions,” Kharge wrote.
“Members have been suspended for the entire session — making a mountain out of a molehill. The opposition is giving notice every day for debate but the government side is stalling it. When a member stands up to speak in Parliament after taking the permission of the chairperson, the House leader stops them. Still, opposition members assemble in the House with the hope that there will be discussion,” Kharge wrote.
“It is easy to express through letters but it is easier to walk the talk and win the confidence of the opposition members,” Kharge wrote.
“Since we have been in power for long, we know that all actions of the ruling side and the opposition will remain in the annals of history. We are responsible for the coming generations so that we can tell them that we fought for their rights. If the ruling side wants Parliament to function smoothly, then the easiest way is to let the opposition members speak,” read the letter by Congress president.