Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi spoke to HT about the decision to call off the Winter Session of Parliament, and the criticism by Opposition leaders that they were not consulted.
Your decision to cancel the Winter Session has become very controversial. The Opposition says they were never consulted. In September, we had a session and in September itself, all parties including the Congress decided to conclude it early (due to large number of Covid-19 cases). It is basically the Congress party which has raised the major objection to the Winter Session being cancelled. Let the Congress leaders talk among themselves. If they are not in talking terms, it is not our responsibility.
Who did you speak to? Jairam Ramesh tweeted that there wasn’t any discussion. Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary.
They agreed to not have the session? I had a talk and I asked them what is your suggestion. They said ‘theek hai. aap Budget Session kar sakte hain (okay, you can hold the Budget Session)’. That’s what they said. We don’t want to say where we talked about it in public because decency doesn’t demand that. We have also spoken to the other major political parties. More than that I do not want to reveal. If they have a fight in their own house, they need to sort it out. Jairam Ramesh should talk to his leader. It’s not my job to make them talk to each other.