Govt mentions Covid-19, cancels the winter session; the opposition shouts foul | India news

NEW DELHI: The government said on Tuesday that the winter session of Parliament will not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic, attracting criticism from opposition parties who said they had not been consulted with Congress calling it “decimation of parliamentary democracy” .
In a December 14 letter to Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said he “contacted the hall leaders of various political parties informally” and “expressed the their concerns about the ongoing pandemic and to do away with the winter session ”.
Chowdhury had previously called for the winter session to be called to discuss the farmers’ protests and find a way to end the impasse among other important issues.
“The winter months are very crucial to managing the pandemic due to the recent increase in cases during this period, particularly in Delhi,” Joshi said.
“The government is willing to hold the next session of Parliament as soon as possible. It would be appropriate to hold the Budget session in January 2021 bearing in mind the unprecedented circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic “, wrote the minister.
After Ghulam Nabi Azad told his colleagues that he was not consulted by the government, Jairam Ramesh, the head of the House of Congress, tweeted: “The opposition leader in Rajya Sabha has NOT been consulted. Mr. Pralhad Joshi is drifting away from the truth as usual. ”
Congressman Shashi Tharoor wondered why the session could not be held virtually. “Now give me a good reason why it is not possible to have a ‘Parliament from home’? Are we so backward in IT that we cannot connect 543 MPs?” he tweeted.
Hitting the government, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said “the decimation of parliamentary democracy is complete” with this decision.
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said: “According to GoI, elections can take place, electoral rallies can take place, schools can reopen, colleges can conduct exams, hotels and restaurants can be opened, even fitness centers … L the only place considered more dangerous by the GoI is its Parliament, so no session “.