Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday addressed the Congress Parliamentaryt meet in New Delhi and laid his focus on the inflation in the country and recent civilian killings in Nagaland.
Addressing the party meet, Gandhi also slammed the Modi government over the range of isuues including undemocratic repealing of farm laws, selling of government assets, fuel price hike, vaccination, border tension and the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs.
Her speech came minutes ahead of the entire Opposition’s plan to join a sit-in protest by the 12 MPs at the Gandhi statue to express solidarity with them.
Here are the issues that Sonia Gandhi spoke about at CPP meet in New Delhi
The suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs
Speaking about the outrageous suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs, the Congress president Sonia Gandhi called the situation is unprecedented and shook us all. She also said that their suspension from the entire winter session of Parliament violates both the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States.
Gandhi also expressed solidarity with Chaya Verma, Phulo Devi Netam, Ripun Bora, Nasir Hussein, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Rajamani Patel who have been sitting by the Gandhi statue every day.
Inflation and fuel price hike
In her address at CPP meeting, he also criticized the steps that has recently taken by the BJP to reduce petrol, diesel, and cooking gas prices and called such steps are insufficient and inadequate.
Talking about the rising inflation in the country, Gandhi said the prices of edible oils, pulses and vegetables are burning a hole in the monthly budget of every household. The Modi government is busy in selling off precious national assets like banks, insurance companies, public sector enterprises, railways and airports she said.
Sonia Gandhi said the BJP government’s regret ove the Nagaland killing is not enough and demanded credible steps must be taken to prevent recurrence of such tragedies. The Congress also demanded justice for the families of victims of the killings in Nagaland, she said.
Speaking on the slow pace of Covid vaccination, Gandhi said the government does not want to answer difficult questions but it is the right and duty of the Opposition to seek clarifications and explanations from the government and its accoutable bodies.
On the Covid situation in India, she said that the government celebrated the 100-crore mark for vaccination but didn’t say it was for single dose of vaccination and the country is nowhere near the target of innoculating everyone eligible by the year-end.
On the issue of border tensions, Gandhi said it is extraordinary that the Parliament has been given no opportunity whatsoever so far to have a discussion on the challenges we continue to face on our borders.
The party sought a full-fledged discussion in Parliament on the border situation, ties with neighbours, the Congress president said.