Opposition blocks price rise talks, ministers slam it for hypocrisy

Opposition blocks price rise talks, ministers slam it for hypocrisy
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NEW DELHI: Union ministers – Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal – on Monday slammed the opposition for “hypocrisy” and “double standards” after the latter blocked a short-duration discussion on price hike it had sought by insisting that the suspension of 12 of their MPs be revoked first.

After the House reassembled at 2 pm, deputy chairman Harivansh sought initiation of a discussion on ‘situation arising out of price rise in the country, including the rise in the prices of petroleum products”. He called upon leader of the opposition Mallikarjun Kharge to speak but the latter insisted on the Chair revoking suspension of the 12 MPs so that they could also be part of the discussion.

“I request you to please call them inside (the House) for once,” he said, even as the chair suggested that the leader of the opposition and leader of the House should sit together to find a solution to the issue. When Kharge continued with his plea to call the suspended MPs to the House, Harivansh called the name of Anand Sharma then Fauzia Khan and subsequently Manoj Jha to participate in the debate. However, no member was willing to initiate the debate on price rise.

Opposition members started shouting, leading the deputy chairman to adjourn the House for an hour. The same events repeated when the House reassembled at 3 pm.

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