New Delhi: With the Congress set to raise the Pegasus snooping allegations in Parliament again, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said what is the point of disrupting the House over issues that are “not based on facts”, and also asserted that the Opposition should avoid linking the upcoming Winter session with assembly polls.
The deputy leader of Rajya Sabha said the government is ready to discuss and debate all issues on the basis of the decision of the chair in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
In an interview with PTI, Mr Naqvi also took a dig at the Congress over disruptions in previous parliamentary sessions, saying that in the last seven years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has established that “democracy delivers” and “dynasty disturbs”.
Asked about the Opposition unity during the last session of Parliament, he said the BJP and Prime Minister Modi believe that there should be a “mazboot (strong)” not “majboor (helpless)” Opposition, but unfortunately in their scramble to lead the Opposition, the influence of such parties is getting diminished.
“They should unite on issues. Last time they united just to disrupt,” he said.
The Cabinet Committee on Parliament Affairs has recommended that the Winter session of Parliament be held from November 29 to December 23, according to sources.
Asked about the Congress’ assertion that it will raise the Pegasus snooping allegations in Parliament again, Naqvi said what they have decided is not important, whatever is decided with unanimity, the government will stand by that.
“Till when will they drag their stories and tales about spying. There is no point of raising it. These are issues that are not based on facts or logic. So, if you want to disrupt the House over illogical issues, it is up to you,” the Minority Affairs Minister said.
Hitting out at the Congress, Naqvi said, “We were ready to discuss price rise last time, we also fixed the time. Pegasus has been discussed many times and they have been exposed every time.”