Days after the Centre decided to cancel the winter session of parliament, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday took a dig at the Centre saying the session was cancelled to avoid discussion on the ongoing farmers’ protest against the contentious farm laws.
Sanjay Raut also questioned the need for the Central Vista project when the government is not ready to convene parliament sessions for discussions. Notably, the Shiv Sena leader came down heavily on the Centre in his weekly column in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.
Thousands of farmers are protesting against the Centre’s farm laws and are camping on the outskirts of Delhi amid the cold wave. Over 30 protestors have died so far either due to the nerve chilling temperatures or in road accidents. While the Opposition has been demanding a discussion on the protests in the winter session, the Union government recently announced the cancellation of the winter session.
Earlier, the government had held the monsoon session in September when the COVID-19 situation was at its worst with 70,000-90,000 fresh cases being reported on a daily basis. Also, the daily death toll was very with over 800 deaths reported every day.
The Centre, in fact, hailed the monsoon session as one of the most productive sessions with 27 bills passed in 10 continuous sittings. The contentious farm laws were also passed during the monsoon session amid chaos and protests by the Opposition parties.
Sanjay Raut criticises govt for Central Vista project
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 10 laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament building and described the event as a “milestone in India”s democratic history”.
The revamp envisages a new triangular Parliament building, with seating capacity for 900 to 1,200 MPs targeted to be constructed by August, 2022, when the country will be celebrating its 75th Independence Day.
Criticising the Centre over it, Raut said the existing Parliament building was fine and could have functioned well for another 50 to 75 years. “Nobody thinks that destroying the legacy and memories of earlier leaders and building new structures to build your own image was too much democracy,” he said sarcastically.
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