Ahead of Parliament’s winter session, an all-party meeting was held on November 17 which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and several senior opposition leaders.
The meeting was also attended by Union minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma.
LJP leader Chirag Paswan, Telugu Desam Party’s Jayadev Galla, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav, TMC leader Derek O Brien, and National General Secretary of YSR Congress V Vijayasai Reddy were among others present at the meeting.
The meeting was called by the government and moderated by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Meghwal.
Congress’ leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “At the government-convened meeting, the Opposition demanded that the issues of economic slowdown, job loss, and farm distress must be discussed during the session”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The government is ready to discuss all issues within the framework of rules and procedures of the Houses”.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters that PM Modi said this session should also be as productive as the last one.
Opposition leaders raised the issue of Farooq Abdullah’s illegal detention and demanded that he should be allowed to attend the session, but got no definite response from the government, sources said.
Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters “How can a parliamentarian be detained illegally? He should be allowed to attend Parliament where Mr Abdullah is a member”.
He also said that the party has reiterated its call to allow P Chidambaram, the former union minister who is in jail, to attend the proceedings.