This artical is about Sonia Gandhi’s Challenge to the PM: What’s the Government Hiding? In a recent disagreement, Jairam Ramesh, a prominent Congress leader, criticized Union Minister Pralhad Joshi for his comments about the upcoming special session of Parliament scheduled to run from September 18th to the 22nd. Using a platform similar to Twitter, Jairam Ramesh said, “Why are you trying to mislead us, Mr. Joshi? In the past, every special session had a known agenda well in advance. Only the Modi government disrespects Parliament and its traditions by not being transparent. Previous governments, including yours, have called special sessions for important events like Constitution Day and the Quit India Movement.”
Ramesh then listed special sessions called by previous governments for various reasons, starting with special sessions.
“On June 30, 2017, a joint special session took place in the Central Hall at midnight to launch the GST… In July 2008, a special session of Lok Sabha was called for a vote of confidence after the Left parties withdrew support from the UPA-1 government… From August 26, 1997, to September 1, 1997.
Jairam Ramesh’s criticism was in response to Union Minister Joshi’s accusation that Sonia Gandhi was “trying to politicize Parliament’s functioning” and “creating unnecessary controversy.” The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs stated, Before calling a Parliament session, discussions with political parties don’t happen, and issues are not usually debated, in response to Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi, a Congress leader, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, asking for details about the government’s plans for the upcoming special parliamentary session. I must point out that this session was arranged without consulting other political parties. None of us knows what the agenda is.”
She added that the only information provided to the Opposition about the five-day session was that it would be for government business.