D. Raja urges PM to hold an all-party meet

Interaction with the floor leaders called far too late, says CPI leader

An all-party meeting must be called to brief leaders of recognised political parties on the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and hear out their concerns too, CPI leader D. Raja said in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr. Modi has called for a meeting of the floor leaders of both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, just six days before the 21-day lock down ends.

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 13 updates | 50 new cases detected in Tamil Nadu, case count hits 620

Only the political parties which have five or more members have been invited for the interaction. The CPI, with one member in the Rajya Sabha and two in the Lok Sabha, finds itself excluded from meeting.

Many regional parties including the Telugu Desam Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party also face this predicament.

Mr. Raja rued that the meeting has been called far too late. “In fact this interaction should have happened during the last days of the last Budget Session or immediately after the adjournment of the Session,” he wrote.

Also read | Modi calls up ex-Presidents and PMs, Opposition leaders

He said the meeting with the floor leaders must follow with consultations with the heads of all recognised political parties at the national and the State level in the face of the gigantic proportion of this health disaster.

“The government, political parties and all those who matter in shaping the political, economic and social course must come together and put their heads and efforts together to contain the disaster,” Mr. Raja wrote.

A letter from the Editor

Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Related Topics
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | May 31, 2020 8:25:01 PM |

Next Story