New Delhi: India’s parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath plans to meet with leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Sushma Swaraj, in an effort to break the impasse in both houses of Parliament after they were adjourned on Monday following protests from opposition.
On Monday, the protests had to do with the government’s handling of investigations related to the alleged irregular allotment of coal mines, and also the incursions by Chinese forces into India.
Parliament resumed after a break of almost a month on 22 April but no business has been conducted since on account of various protests—most related to the coal investigation where it emerged that law minister Ashwani Kumar had asked the Central Board of Investigation to share its draft report that would be submitted to the Supreme Court with him, and also discussed the contents of the report with the investigative agency’s top officer.
“It is unfortunate that parliament has not functioned in last five days. I am optimistic that Parliament will function. I appeal to all political parties that we should run the house,” Nath told reporters.
Nath’s meeting with Swaraj is unlikely to end the deadlock as the BJP is insistent that law minister Kumar resign. The Prime Minister has come out strongly in favour of Kumar and said there is no question of him resigning.