Oppn parties walk out to protest 'insult'

Oppn parties walk out to protest 'insult'

Stating that Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has insulted them, the Congress and several other opposition parties walked out of the Lok Sabha on Wednesday

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Naidu was making an intervention on behalf of the government in a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address. But some of his remarks evoked sharp reactions from the Congress and rest of the Opposition. Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, rose to say that while the minister could intervene in a debate, he had no right to insult other MPs.

Naidu countered the argument of the Congress and other parties that the ordinance was aimed at easing procedure for acquiring land and thus would hit the farmers hard. He also claimed that previous Congress-led governments, over the past 50 years, had promulgated 456 ordinances.

He said the bill could go through further changes during discussion in the Lok Sabha as the members were free to suggest modifications. Kharge, who earlier interrupted Naidu to contradict his claim on GDP growth, led the Congress MPs to protest against some remarks of Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

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