Updated: May 11, 2021 5:16:49 am
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Monday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla urging them to convene a special session of Parliament to discuss the massive surge in coronavirus cases.
His letter came a day after Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to immediately convene an all-party meeting to collectively forge a holistic blueprint to tackle the pandemic. He had also urged Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to allow virtual meetings of parliamentary standing committees, saying Parliament cannot be a mute spectator to the suffering of people.
“In this critical situation I would urge your kind conscious to convene a special (Covid crisis) session of Parliament because India consists of number of constituency and each Member of Parliament represents his/her constituency from respective State has some say about the condition of people therein and in order to find a way to ease lives of suffering people,” he wrote to the President. The session, he said, “may not necessarily be a physical presence of Members and it may be held in any other mode,” he added.
When contacted, Chowdhury said, “I am not saying that members should come to attend the Parliament session violating the lockdown. You can do it virtually. Because extraordinary situations warrant extraordinary decisions. Today, the judiciary is active, the executive is active and the legislature is silent. It cannot be like that….how will we, the MPs, play a role in mitigating the crisis…we only have Parliament…that is where we play our role.”
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