Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge today complained to Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar that the Opposition doesn’t get enough chances to put forth their views on various subjects inside the house, and requested that the cameras inside the parliament, which live-telecast the proceedings, should focus equally on the opposition MPs when they are speaking.
“We don’t get the chance outside. We do here, so please let us have it,” he said while addressing the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the special session of the Parliament on Monday.
What’s mentioned here on the record sends a message outside too, that the people’s issues are being discussed, he said, adding that the ‘constitutional work’ that the MPs do in the house should get encouragement from him and also from the government.
“You are our guardian. If there’s any injustice against us, you are the one who is supposed to protect us. We are so few in number, if all of them (ruling coalition NDA’s MPs) start attacking us then we will come crying to you,” he said in a light-hearted exchange with Mr Dhankhar, stressing his protection is needed.
The Congress president began his address with a Hindi poem taking a swipe at the Centre.
“If you want to change something, then change the situation
What is accomplished by changing names like this?
If you want to give something, give employment to the youth
What is accomplished by making everyone unemployed?
Try expanding your heart a little
What is accomplished by killing people?
If you can’t do anything, leave your chair.
What is accomplished by scaring each other?
You are proud of your rule
What is accomplished by bullying people?” he read out from a paper.
The strong foundation stones that support a structure are not visible to anyone, only the name on the wall is, Mr Kharge said in an apparent jibe at PM Modi, without naming him.
He also said that the government was focusing on weakening the “strong” Opposition through central agencies like CBI and ED.
“Nehru ji believe that the absence of a strong Opposition means that there are significant drawbacks in the system. If there is no strong Opposition, it is not right. Now, that there is a strong Opposition, focus is on weakening it through ED, CBI…Take them (into their own party), put them in a washing machine and when they come out all clean – make them permanent (in one’s own party). You can see what is happening today. PM comes to the Parliament rarely and when he does he leaves after making it an event,” Mr Kharge said.
Remembering Jawaharlal Nehru and his contribution to nation-building, the Congress Chief said, “Nehru ji led India during difficult times. He was in jail for 14 years for the independence of India. Nothing new will happen if we shift to a new parliament…’.