Oppn stalls Parl; Pegasus ‘non-issue’, says minister

NEW DELHI: After another day of virtual washout in Parliament, Congress on Friday blamed the government for the deadlock, accusing it of running away from a discussion on Pegasus snooping issue which, the party said, led to continuing protests by the opposition.
“The government should agree to a discussion on the Pegasus issue. Saving privacy, fundamental rights and democracy is very important in the country and Pegasus is linked to this,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said.
He also said he had conveyed to Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal and Pralhad Joshi that the simplest way to ensure the House runs is to discuss Pegasus issue on the floor of the House. “We will let the House run,” he said citing reports of Israeli government’s raids on NSO group, the developer of Pegasus spyware.
Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said the Pegasus controversy is a “non-issue” and that the government is ready for discussions on people-related issues.
Rajya Sabha passed the Coconut Development Board (Amendment) Bill 2021 in the midst of protests.
Amid the din, two bills were introduced before the House was adjourned. The government introduced two bills — Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill and The Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill — in the House.
In the morning, RS chairman Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern over opposition members whistling in the House and holding placards in front of ministers during proceedings. “There are two ways to deal with this. Allow the House to become a bazaar or take action,” Naidu said.

Source Link: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/opposition-stalls-parliament-pegasus-non-issue-says-minister/articleshow/84909385.cms

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