The entire opposition united on Tuesday to force the Lok Sabha (LS) and the Rajya Sabha (RS) to adjourn over the issue of price hikes and the imposition of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on packaged foods like milk and yogurt.
The issue of the new Agnipath military recruitment program has also been flagged, even as opposition vice-presidential candidate Margaret Alva filed her papers. No leader of the Trinamool Congress or the Aam Aadmi Party was present when the joint opposition candidate was nominated.
The House adjournments followed protests, led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and opposition MPs including Supriya Sule of the Nationalist Congress Party, Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party and Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena. Standing in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of Parliament, opposition leaders demanded lower liquefied petroleum gas prices.
They also held banners and placards that read: “High inflation, continuous price hikes severely affecting ordinary citizens. How will they survive?’
Congress deputies from the LS and the RS took part in the demonstration. They included opposition leader in RS Mallikarjun Kharge and congress leader in LS Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
“The imposition of 5% GST on sour milk, bread, and other daily use products will harm the common man. We will also protest inside the House,” Kharge said.
LS Congress Whip Manickam Tagore said opposition members led by his party wanted a discussion on rising prices and the GST, but the government did not allow it and the president has adjourned the House until 2 p.m. The House then adjourned for the day. The protest also took place after the RS Secretariat issued a circular saying that no protests or demonstrations would be allowed inside the Parliament complex.
“Rupee touched Rs 80. Gas cylinder delivery agent asking Rs 1,000. 13 million unemployed in June. GST charge on food grains. No one can stop us from raising public issues. The government will have to respond. Running away from discussions and questions in Parliament is most ‘unparliamentary, Prime Minister,’ he tweeted in Hindi.
In a Facebook post, the Congress leader also called the government an ‘extortionist’ and said: ‘No matter how hard the Prime Minister (PM) tries to silence us by calling many words ‘unparliamentary “, he will have to answer”.
The post titled ‘This time the government “extortion”?‘ said that from now on, 5% GST will be charged on packaged goods like milk, curd, butter, rice, pulses and bread.
“Daily groceries have become expensive. The cylinder costs Rs 1,053, but the government says “sab changa si” (everything is fine). This means inflation is the people’s problem, not the government’s,” he said in a Hindi message.
Gandhi said that when the prime minister was in opposition he made inflation the biggest problem, but today he has pushed the public into a “deep quagmire of problems, in which people are drowning each day”.
“The Prime Minister is silent about your impotence, is happy and continues to lie. The Congress party and I stand with you against all atrocities committed against you by the government. We will strongly raise this issue in Parliament,” the Congressman said. former leader of Congress.
Speaking to reporters, Congress spokesman Shaktisinh Gohil said the items on which the GST had been increased included solar water heaters, packaged wheat, buttermilk, breadetc on which the tax has been increased “exorbitantly” and would hit household budgets hard.
As the Supreme Court referred the issue of all public interest litigation over the new Agnipath military recruitment scheme to the Delhi High Court, Gohil said the country must take cognizance of the fact that military recruitment will now be done for a job that will have three and a half year contracts, with six months of training, no retirement, no health facilities and no prospect of promotion. It was nothing but exploitation.