The Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal have, for independent reasons, decided to boycott a presentation on Covid that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to make today to MPs of both the Houses.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi had on Saturday announced that PM Modi hold a session on the pandemic in the Parliament House Annexe.
The Congress today said a discussion on the matter must be held by MPs in the House first.
“If he wants to give a presentation on Covid, she should give it in the Cengral Hall separately to MPs and Rajya Sabha members. MPs should be allowed to discuss Covid-related issues in their constituencies,” said the Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
The SAD, meanwhile, based its decision on the long-running farmers’ protest over three central pieces of legislation.
“Today Shiromani Akali Dal will boycott PM Modi’s briefing on COVID-19. It will be attended only after he calls a meeting to discuss farm issues,” said party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.