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Allow Smaller Parties to Have a Voice at All-Party Covid-19 Gathering, CPI MP Tells PM Modi | India News

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NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha MP and Communist Party leader Binoy Viswam has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to allow political parties with fewer than 10 MPs to have a voice at the table during the all-party meeting of the first Minister on Coronavirus, scheduled for December. Four.
Viswam wrote to the prime minister after a communication that while the leaders of all parliamentary parties are invited to attend the prime minister’s all-party meeting, only parties with minimal force will be allocated time to speak. of at least 10 deputies. The remaining party leaders can participate, but their comments will not be accepted.
The Communist Party of India has a total force of 3 MPs in both houses of Parliament, while the CPM has a total of 8 MPs in both houses. Although the accumulated strength of the left parties exceeds 10, individually, no party from the left bloc will pass the ‘test of strength’ imposed by the government to speak at the all-party meeting.
Speaking to TOI, Viswam said that the imposition of such a condition is unprecedented and imposed for the first time. “Our numbers may be small, but the left represents the poor, downtrodden and underprivileged and underprivileged, and I believe that the right to express our opinions, even for a minute, is the minimum democratic right that should be granted to us,” he added. . he said.
While pleading for time to speak, Viswam in his letter has also demanded on behalf of CPI that the government increase testing of vulnerable populations and reduce testing costs. It has also reiterated its demand, raised three times in Parliament, to provide free masks and soaps to the vulnerable population who cannot afford them, extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana until May 2021 and expand the scale and reach of Mnrega to provide employment. opportunities for those who have lost their source of livelihood due to the pandemic.
Viswam also appealed to the Prime Minister to ensure that the price of the Covid-19 vaccine is regulated to ensure that it remains affordable and accessible to all people in India.

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