Parliament Highlights: Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday alleged that the violence that unfolded in Delhi on Republic Day was a conspiracy by the BJP government. “The most important question is how could the miscreants reach Red Fort on a day like Republic Day? January 26 is a day in which the national capital remains under maximum security. Then, how can such an incident take place? I am sure that this was an incident staged by the government. You sent your people, who came disguised as farmers, and took part in violent activities,” he said.
After days of logjam in the Lok Sabha, the Opposition on Monday accepted Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s request to let lower house function and ‘not let traditions break down’. “Our democracy is lively & healthy, and everyone above party lines wants to keep it the same. It’s our responsibility to keep dignity of every institution. I appeal to everyone to hold discussions on Presidential address & not let traditions break down,” he said.
In a series of meetings between the Opposition and top BJP leadership on Monday, they decided to end the stalemate in the Lok Sabha which had started on Tuesday and continued till Friday.
Replying to the Motion of Thanks on President Kovind’s address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the newly-passed farm laws should be given a chance and that the MSP system is here to stay. Requesting the protesting farmers to go back, he reiterated that the government is open to talks. The Prime Minister said that there is a need to protect the nation from a new FDI which he referred to as ‘Foreign Destructive Ideology’. “The nation is making progress and we are talking about FDI but I see that a new FDI has come to the fore. We have to protect the nation from this new FDI. We need Foreign Direct Investment but the new FDI is ‘Foreign Destructive Ideology’, we have to protect ourselves from it,” he said.