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Unique parliamentary democracy where no questions allowed: Chidambaram's jibe at Modi government

Chidambaram also attacked the Centre for its statement that it does not have data on the number of migrants who died during the lockdown.

Published: 15th September 2020 11:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th September 2020 11:53 PM   |  A+A-

Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram

Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram (Photo | EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: India is a unique parliamentary democracy where no questions are asked and no debate takes place, Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Tuesday after the party was not allowed to speak on the Ladakh standoff issue in the Lok Sabha.

Members of the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha and staged a protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament House complex after they were not allowed to speak following a statement by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the border standoff with China in eastern Ladakh.

"India today is a unique parliamentary democracy where no questions can be asked and where no debate is allowed," he tweeted.

Chidambaram also attacked the Centre for its statement that it does not have data on the number of migrants who died during the lockdown.

"India today is a unique country where no data is maintained about migrants who died on the long trek back home or died after they reached home," he said in a series of tweets.

The former finance minister also sought to corner the government on the country's economic situation.

"India today is a unique economy where cash or grain transfers amounting to 1.7 per cent of GDP is considered adequate 'fiscal stimulus'.

"India today is a miracle nation where the 'fastest growing economy' turned into 'the deepest de-growth' in a matter of 3 months," he said.

The country's GDP growth for the first quarter of 2020-21 declined by 23.9 per cent due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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  • A k Sehanobis

    Where was the Parliamentary Democracy when the Assembly Sessions in Rajasthan,Maharashtra,Punjab,AP,W.Bengal did not allow any question hour session. But I find in the Channels that the members of the Opposition are asking various questions,on LAC,Migrants.It means question hour session has been curtailed and not altogether stopped.Even if the session is there,if past few sessions are any indicator,it was wasted by Opposition by doing Dharna inside Parliament.
    11 days ago reply
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