The opposition must ask tough questions but must also allow the government to answer them in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today just before the monsoon session began.
“I would like to urge all the MPs and all parties to ask the most difficult and sharpest questions in the Houses, but should also allow the government to respond in a disciplined environment,” PM Modi told media persons in the Parliament House Complex.
“This will boost the democracy, strengthen people’s trust and improve the pace of development,” he said.
The Prime Minister had yesterday said the government looks forward to a productive session where all issues can be debated and discussed in a constructive manner.
In an all-party meeting held ahead of the House session, he said it was everyone’s responsibility to create a conducive environment to raise in an amicable manner issues concerning people.
The opposition is expected to raise key issues such as the government’s handling of the Covid situation, the Chinese incursions on the border, and the economy. It has largely rejected the offer of an address on the pandemic by PM Modi to MPs of both houses outside Parliament.
Derek O’Brien, who represented the Trinamool Congress in yesterday’s meeting tweeted saying, “MPs do not want fancy PowerPoint presentations on COVID-19 from the PM or this government in some conference room. Parliament is in session. Come to the floor house of the House.”
Another major issue that the government is likely to face questions on is the alleged use of Pegasus spyware to snoop on 40 Indian journalists, besides ministers, opposition leaders, members of the legal community, and others. The Israeli company, NSO Group, which sells Pegasus, has denied the allegations, saying it only deals with “vetted governments”.