Parliament Session to be Extended by Eight Days Till August 7 to Accommodate Pending Bills
The session began on June 17 and was scheduled to end on July 26. Derek O'Brien said that the decision taken was a 'mockery' and the announcement by Joshi was very casual.
Parliament House (Reuters)
New Delhi: The government has decided to extend the Parliament session till August 7, official sources said on Thursday.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs here, the sources said.
The government had indicated on Wednesday that the ongoing Parliament session could be extended.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had said the Opposition has always demanded that Parliament should meet for more number of days. "Now we are doing it," he said.
The session, which began on June 17, was scheduled to end on July 26.
Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien slammed the Centre for its "last-minute decision" to extend the current session of parliament, saying "it is not a college campus".
O' Brien said the way the decision was taken was a "mockery" and the announcement by Joshi was made very casually.
"This is not a college campus where we are organising an intra-college festival. This is the Parliament of India," the TMC MP told reporters.
He also accused the government of trying to "bulldoze" parliament and said that this kind of attitude was neither good for parliament nor for the country.
He, however, said that the ways of the ruling party did not surprise him as the BJP was "attempting to destroy all institutions."
In the Rajya Sabha, when Joshi announced that the opposition will get an opportunity to discuss calling attention motions on important issues next week, TMC member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said that the chair has not declared any extension of the current session and the minister should withdraw his words.
"The Trinamool Congress will work as a constructive opposition. We will not yield and will do all that it takes to save the constitution and the country," he told reporters.
The government had on Wednesday indicated that the ongoing Parliament session could be extended. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had said the Opposition has always demanded that parliament should meet for more number of days.
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