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Union Minister Piyush Goyal (Photo/ANI)
Union Minister Piyush Goyal (Photo/ANI)

Piyush Goyal slams Oppn for skipping meet on MPs suspension, says their mantra is to cause disturbance, disruptions

ANI | Updated: Dec 20, 2021 22:26 IST

New Delhi [India], December 20 (ANI): Right after the Opposition leaders refused to attend a meeting called by the Centre for having a discussion on 12 suspended MPs, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the Opposition's mantra is to cause disturbance and disruptions.
Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister Piyush Goyal were present at a press conference today.
Speaking at the press conference, Goyal said, "The 12 suspended Rajya Sabha MPs should realise their mistake and talk to the Chair. The Opposition leaders did not come for the meeting called by the Government today."
"The Opposition does not want Parliament to run. Causing disturbance and disruption is their mantra," Goyal said.
Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Narendra Singh Tomar, Kiren Rijiju and others were present in the meeting.
Opposition parties have decided not to attend meetings called by the government to end the deadlock in the Rajya Sabha in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.

The decision was made after a meeting of opposition parties this morning.
"We will not attend the meeting called by the Government. We will demand the resignation of MoS Home Ajay Kumar Misra and revocation of suspension of 12 Opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha. We will not let both Houses of Parliament function," Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said.
Today's meeting of floor leaders of both Houses of Parliament was convened to chalk out the further strategy on revoking suspension of 12 Opposition MPs and demand for resignation of Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni.
Notably, the Central government had called a meeting of five political parties today whose MPs have been suspended from the Rajya Sabha to break the deadlock between the government and the Opposition in the House.
12 Rajya Sabha MPs were suspended from the House on the first day of the Winter session of Parliament from 5 Political Parties including Congress, TMC, Shivsena, CPI, CPI(M). After the suspension, all 12 MPs have been sitting on Dharna daily basis in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament.
Rajya Sabha was adjourned several times due to the ruckus in the Upper House by the Opposition parties demanding to revoke the suspension of MPs in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.
The winter session of Parliament is scheduled to culminate on 23 December. (ANI)