Congress has been at the forefront in criticizing the central government in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and today they have demanded a separate four-hour debate on it in the parliament. However, it is unclear how much time they will get from the Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu to whom they had written for permission.
“If we cannot have a full-fledged discussion on the Covid-19 situation without being circumscribed by the minister’s statement what is the point of having this session of Rajya Sabha in the first place?” Congress chief whip, JairamRamesh, said in the letter to Naidu on Tuesday.
The government is expected to defend and put forward their side of the situation while handling the pandemic and also highlight its successes in keeping the Covid-19 death rate lowest among major nations.
Image Caption: Jairam Ramesh and Rahul Gandhi
Venkaiah Naidu tried to club the clarification of health minister Harsh Vardhan’s statement into the pandemic debate query. However, Congress strongly objected to this and called for a separate debate on COVID-19.
India continues as one of the worst-hit countries ravaged by the virus pandemic with a tally crossing five million with 91,136 new cases reported on Tuesday. Total casualties from coronavirus have surged to 82,091.
As the opposition, Congress wants to question the government on the loss of livelihoods of millions because of the pandemic and ravaged the GDP contracting to minus 23% in the June quarter, which is the worst in the last four decades. Hence, Ramesh sought a minimum four-hour debate on Covid-19. “In the BAC [Business Advisory Committee meeting] held on September 13, you had said that it is very important to discuss the prevailing public health situation. Today’s decision of yours goes against the spirit of your statement.”