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Discuss Delhi in Parliament – editorials


The budget session resumed after a short break earlier this week. But both houses of Parliament have not been able to carry out commercial transactions. After a series of productive sessions during the last nine months in accordance with parliamentary processes, the conflict between the Treasury and Opposition banks has put Parliament to a standstill. This confrontation has its roots in the protests against the Citizenship Law (Amendment) and the wider climate of political polarization. But the trigger for the current stalemate is simple. The opposition wants a debate about the riots and violence of Delhi immediately; The government initially was reluctant and now offered to hold the debate after Holi (March 10). Neither party is ready to yield.

The responsibility for breaking the deadlock lies with the government. The violence of Delhi was one of the most disturbing episodes in recent years in India. He explained the deepening of communal failures in the country; the insufficiency of public institutions such as the police to respond; the irresponsibility of a section of politicians in fueling hatred; the dangerous role of false news and rumors, spread through social networks; and the culture of impunity that allowed violence in the first place.

The parliament is the ideal forum to discuss all these issues, as they go to the heart of the failures in the governance systems and social relations of India. The opposition is right to ask for a debate, even if it is extreme when asking for the resignation of the main leaders (which in any case seems more like a rhetorical demand). If the government is willing to discuss this next week, why not do it immediately instead of letting precious time be wasted? Once there is a full discussion on violence, Parliament must re-legislate and approve the Finance Bill, and ensure strong legislative oversight of both the growing economic crisis and the public health crisis due to the coronavirus. India has urgent challenges. It is time for the sovereign house to return to work.

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