Opposition parties in unison questioned the Narendra Modi government over the arrest of Lok Sabha member and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah, but once again did not get a definitive response from the government.
Speaking to the media after the government-convened meeting of all parties before Parliament's winter session, Rajya Opposition Leader Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said: “How can a MP be detained illegally? He should be allowed to participate in Parliament.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others listened to the opposition's demand, they did not respond, Azad said. "In any case, we have not received government responses on any issues," he added.
The issue was raised by other lawmakers, including TK R. Baalu of the DMK and Sudip Bandhopadhyay of the Trinamool Congress.
As the party's senior senior leader, Abdullah should be present. “I told the government that it is its constitutional obligation to ensure that Dr. Abdullah participates in Parliament. Srinagar's electorate should not be without representation, ”Masoodi told The Hindu.
The government detained Dr. Abdullah under the Public Security Act (PSA). Masoodi said that as the MP was detained under the PSA, the government did not need court orders to revoke the detention.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi continued without commitment to the release of Lok Sabha's member. “We have a suggestion in this regard. Let's see what can be done within the framework of the law, ”said Joshi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his usual comments at the meeting, reiterated that the government was ready to discuss all issues and urged everyone to make the winter session as productive as the last. “Within the meeting, the government and the prime minister say the government is ready to discuss any issues the Opposition wants to raise. We have this guarantee on every meeting before every session. But in the House, whether Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, when we raise issues, whether it's the state of our economy or rising unemployment or agrarian crisis or inflation or Kashmir, the government interrupts the debate, "Azad said. issue during a meeting chaired by Rajya Sabha President Venkaiah Naidu.
The Trinamool Congress, represented by Bandhopadhyay and Derek O'Brien, a member of Rajya Sabha, also raised the issue of interference in the administration of West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar.