Now that the parliament is not in session, the struggle between the opposition and the government has shifted to the parliamentary committees. During a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs on DONER, ie the Northeast Development Project, the opposition had a heated confrontation with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led chairman. This was after the Secretary of State said in his presentation that the core and purpose of this strategy for the northeastern states was “Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas”. Opposition members led by Derek O’Brien of the Trinamool Congress protested and released a copy of the BJP’s manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, which had the same slogan on the cover.
Opposition leaders say no presentation should show the party’s election manifesto in its slogans. This was completely rejected by the parliamentary committee chairman and also other BJP leaders, who pointed out that this was the prime minister’s motive and aim and therefore cannot be considered partisan or politically charged.
The TMC has now decided to write to all ministries and ministries to tell them that this cannot and should not be avoided. When asked, Derek O’Brien told News18: “We never use ‘Ma Mati Manush’ in government programs or policy presentations. The party can do that, but the government cannot.”
The committee’s chairman, Brijlal, declined to accept this argument, saying that this was the prime minister’s view and that his view cannot be described as purely political.
But the battle between the two sides will no doubt turn bitter on many other issues. Parliament’s winter session is to be decided and some Northeast lawmakers and Christian MPs say they have been given very little time to prepare for Christmas. In fact, figures have been consistently presented to the Cabinet by many of these MEPs to make it clear that over the years the winter session of Parliament has ended just a day or two before Christmas and the second part of the session has ended in the first week. of January, which means they have to come back to shorten their Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
The new parliament building also promises to be the latest flashpoint between the government and opposition leaders. Members such as Derek O’Brien have made it very clear that this is not about opening a new parliament building, but “closing parliament”. Sources say the new parliament building will not have a central hall, allowing easy mixing of both opposition and ruling party MPs, as well as media interaction. Opposition leaders say this new building is yet another attempt by the government to ensure that parliamentary standards are compromised.
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