Derek O’Brien of the Trinamool Congress has tweeted that the back-channel talks to resolve the stalemate in parliament could hit the wall. He pointed out that the opposition had no intention of deviating from its demand to withdraw the suspension of 12 MPs fined for “uncontrolled behavior”.
Sources said on Friday that Rajya Sabha Speaker Venkaiah Naidu had asked the Opposition and the government to meet again and hold channel talks to reach an understanding on the issue, which had been a stumbling block to the winter session that began on November 29.
Opposition parties are expected to meet tomorrow to decide their position.
Today, Mr. O’Brien, the leader of the Trinamool Party in the Rajya Sabha, tweeted:
Stunt from a government on Monday morning. Who does not wantTo act.
The government is inviting the leaders of the 4 OPN parties whose 12 RS MPs have been arbitrarily suspended.
The government set aside 10 other opposition parties.
All OPPN is clear: first withdraw the spontaneous suspension
– Derek O’Brien | (derekobrienmp)
Mr O’Brien’s tweet indicated that the Trinamool Congress was ready to cooperate on the issue, despite their growing differences. Last week, the absence of Trinamool was mentioned at an opposition strategy session called by Sonia Gandhi to take up the issue. Apart from the Congress, Sarabjit Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, DMK, Shiv Sena, CPM and the National Convention were among the five opposition parties present at the meeting. No reason was given on either side for the absence of Trinamool.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha Opposition Leader Mallikarjuna Karge has written to the Parliamentary Affairs Minister regarding the call for four opposition parties.
“All opposition parties are united in their struggle against the suspension of 12 MPs. It is unjust and unfortunate to call only the leaders of the four opposition parties instead of one, ”the senior Congress leader wrote.
Mr. Naidu had earlier stressed the need for smooth functioning of the House and asked the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the Opposition to discuss the matter.
But as the opposition was relentless on the issue, there was great excitement at the winter session. Both were not functioning smoothly as members of the opposition continued to hold protest meetings. Among those suspended are six Congress MPs, two each from the Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena, and one each from the CBI and the CPM.
The government, which has accepted the opposition’s view of the MPs’ unruly behavior during the last session, cannot suspend them from the session as per the rules of the Rajya Sabha.
“However, they want the suspended members to apologize to each and every one of the council, but they are not going to do anything like that,” said Congressman Mallikarjun Karge.
In the third week of the winter session, the productivity of the state legislatures fell to 37.60 percent – their activity was reduced to 46.70 percent for the first three weeks. The productivity of the states is 49.70 per cent and 52.5 per cent in the first and second weeks.