A day after President Pranab Mukherjee’s comments over Parliamentary paralysis, the government and the opposition on Friday accused each other of being responsible for washout of winter session of Parliament, as per the media reports.
Congress leader Ambika Soni attacked on the Centre by saying that everyone wants Parliament to function, but it is the government's responsibility to ensure its smooth functioning, said the PTI report.
She said, “Who does not want Parliament to function?... But it is the prerogative of the government to run it. The Prime Minister should come, sit in the House and listen to the proceedings. Is it not a duty of the Prime Minister to hear what the opposition MPs have to say?.”
BSP leader Mayawati said the Prime Minister should come to the House for discussion. She also demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into demonetisation as, she said, there was a lot of talk about irregularities.
However, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar rejecting the opposition claims by saying that, the ruling party has been ready for a debate from the start of the session itself.
“We have been requesting, persuading opposition parties for it,” he said, adding the Congress, Communist parties and the Trinamool Congress did not allow functioning of the House.
He said that these parties should apologise to the people for not allowing Parliament to function for 16 days.