BJP should immediately convene a virtual Parliament, says Congress

WION New Delhi May 30, 2020, 02.08 PM(IST) Written By: Kartikeya Sharma

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Congress also cornered the government on the mismanagement of Shramik Express which have been tasked to ferry migrants through India.

On the eve of six years of the Narendra Modi-led Bhartiya Janata Party government, Congress Party demanded that Indian Parliament be convened immediately.

The head of Congress Communication Department, Randeep Surjewalan stated that Centre must convene a virtual Parliament and all the Standing and Select committees must become operational through digital network.

World over Parliaments are being convened through digital technologies. Even House of Commons in London has prepared itself for a complete digital session which was first in its life. Though there exists a proposal to use Parliament’s Central Hall to convene the Parliament and to use it for both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on alternate days, clarity is still awaited on this issue.
 
Congress alleged government has used Covid19 pandemic as a pretext to come down on civil liberties and muzzle the Opposition parties. Congress also attacked the ruling BJP on economic issues and said that it failed to deliver on the economic package and coming out of the lockdown too has been haphazard.

Congress also cornered the government on the mismanagement of Shramik Express which have been tasked to ferry migrants through India.
 
The press conference was also attended by the Congress General Secretary Organisation, KC Venugopal who charged the government with not paying enough attention to the ground realities during lockdown withdrawal.

Congress critiqued Modi on national security issues too but remained focused on workers and MSME sector understanding that national security criticism often rebounds in Modi’s case.
 
Modi government is celebrating six years in power and today Congress is the only national party voicing opinion unlike 15 years back where multiple parties qualified as national parties and would equally criticize the government at the central level.

Congress, on the other hand, has decided to stick to the issue of migrant worker and work as both political party and civil society institution during the crisis. It is for this reason that Congress has been seen distributing food items to migrant workers throughout India for the last 30 days.