Parliament Winter Session: At All-party Meet, Opposition Demands Discussions on Inflation, Sino-India Stand-off

Price rise, unemployment and the situation at the China-India border were among the issues on which opposition parties sought discussion during an all-party meeting on Tuesday.

Leaders of over 30 parties participated in the meeting called by the central government to discuss the legislative agenda and possible issues during the winter session of Parliament beginning on December 7.

The meeting was chaired by Union Minister and Deputy Leader of the BJP in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh. Leader of the House Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi were also present in the Rajya Sabha.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “There are many issues before the country, such as unemployment and price rise, and the government has to answer to the people.” Chowdhary alleged that the government “did not” properly inform the opposition about the Sino-India border standoff. “We demand a discussion on this and also on the killing of Kashmiri Pandits in the House,” he said. “

Congress leader Naseer Hussain demanded a discussion on the appointment of Election Commissioner in just one day and quota of economically weaker sections.

Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said he sought a discussion with party colleague and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien on price rise, unemployment, alleged misuse of agencies and economic blockade of states.

O’Brien also told the government that the opposition should be allowed to raise important issues.

The winter session will continue till December 29, with 17 sittings in 23 days.

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