Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that the Opposition is a key component of democracy without which it cannot survive. This comes ahead of the third week of the winter session of Parliament which has heavy legislative agenda, and for which the government needs the support of the Opposition parties.
“In a healthy democracy, where there is a role and relevance of the government, there is also an important role for the Opposition. The Opposition is important for a healthy democracy. Democracy cannot survive without the Opposition,” Singh said at an event to mark the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar. The event was also attended by Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha .
For the coming week, the government has listed seven bills in Rajya Sabha, including the crucial Goods and Services Tax Bill and Real Estate Bill, apart from the two bills that have already been listed. The BJP-led NDA government does not have a majority in the Upper House.
Singh also appreciated Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya for inviting Kharge and said the invitation to the Congress leader, also a former labour minister, was in accordance with the principles laid down by B R Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution.