Opposition parties raised matters like fuel price hike, inflation, and farmers’ agitation at an all-party meeting on Sunday. The meeting was held a day before the Winter Session of Parliament.
“Many issues including, inflation, fuel price hike, farmers’ issues and COVID19 were raised in the all-Party meeting today. All parties demanded that a law guaranteeing MSP should be made,” Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha told ANI news agency.
Opposition parties also sought a discussion in the Parliament on the Pegasus spyware row and unemployment.
“We demanded from the government that families of COVID19 victims be given compensation of Rs 4 lakhs each. Compensation should also be given to farmers who lost their lives during the farm laws protest,” Kharge said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi skipped the meeting while Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal were present.
Kharge went on to say: “We expected PM to attend meet today. But for some reason, he didn’t attend it…Govt has withdrawn farm laws but PM had said that he couldn’t make farmers understand. It means that these laws may be brought back in some other form in future.”
A total of 31 parties attended the meeting.
Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Anand Sharma, DMK’s TR Baalu and Tiruchi Siva, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena’s Vinayak Raut, SP leader Ramgopal Yadav, BSP MP Satish Mishra, Biju Janata Dal’s Prasanna Acharya and National Conference’s tall leader legislator Farooq Abdullah, were among those present.
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh walked out of the meeting alleging that he was not allowed to speak.