Modi may speak on in­tol­er­ance in Par­lia­ment to counter Oppn

At all-party meet­ing, govt de­clared it will al­low sep­a­rate dis­cus­sion on is­sue

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will in­ter­vene in a rare par­lia­men­tary de­bate to com­mem­o­rate the Con­sti­tu­tion, an oc­ca­sion he may use to speak on in­tol­er­ance in In­dia with the Op­po­si­tion wait­ing to tar­get him on the is­sue in­side the House.

To pla­cate op­po­si­tion par­ties, par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter Venka­iah Naidu an­nounced at an all-party meet­ing on Wed­nes­day that the gov­ern­ment was ready for a sep­a­rate dis­cus­sion in Par­lia­ment on the rag­ing is­sue, ac­cept­ing their clam­orous de­mand. The gov­ern­ment was also will­ing to ac­com­mo­date the Op­po­si­tion’s con­cerns over in­tol­er­ance in a House res­o­lu­tion on Fri­day to com­mem­o­rate the making of the In­dian Con­sti­tu­tion, re­flect­ing its keen­ness to reach out to ri­vals ahead of the cru­cial win­ter ses­sion.

Modi, who joined the meet­ing mid­way, said, “If Venka­iahji is say­ing ev­ery­thing is al­right then some­thing good has hap­pened to­day.”

Sev­eral op­po­si­tion par­ties an­nounced they would press for de­bates on the burn­ing is­sue with the Left and JD(U) even de­mand­ing a Sense of the House res­o­lu­tion—to re­flect wider sup­port across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum against mount­ing in­tol­er­ance in the coun­try.

“We are go­ing to raise the is­sue of in­tol­er­ance. What is hap­pen­ing in the coun­try is dis­turb­ing and the Prime Min­is­ter is silent,” Congress vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi said in Ben­galuru.

In­di­cat­ing that the rul­ing party would not be on the de­fen­sive, Naidu said at the meet­ing, “The gov­ern­ment does not share the per­cep­tion that in­tol­er­ance is on the rise. Some stray in­ci­dents that hap­pened are in the do­main of re­spon­si­bil­ity of state gov­ern­ments. We are wise enough to ap­pre­ci­ate that de­vel­op­ment is pos­si­ble only in an at­mos­phere of peace and har­mony.”

The win­ter ses­sion, from Novem­ber 26 to De­cem­ber 23, is ex­pected to see fire­works as well as back-chan­nel ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Op­po­si­tion and the gov­ern­ment that has lim­ited time for its heavy leg­isla­tive agenda com­pris­ing 38 bills to be passed.

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