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The TMC leader asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the ongoing Parliament session and listen to the demands of the opposition leaders.

Aug 8, 2021

New Delhi: With just a few days left for monsoon session of Parliament to conclude, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien on Sunday tweeted a three-minute video in which several opposition leaders can be seen pressing for a discussion on several key issues, including the Pegasus spyware row and the farm laws.
The TMC leader asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the ongoing Parliament session and listen to the demands of the opposition leaders.
“You are not allowing the discussion we have been demanding for the past 14 days and the discussions we can do later, you are passing that bill now. If you have courage, start the discussions now,” Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge can be heard saying in the video compilation of opposition speakers in the house.
“…There shall be freedom of speech in Parliament and as per the Constitution we have the freedom of speech,” TMC MP Sukhendu Shekhar Ray said.
“This government is unnecessarily snooping on people, bringing in companies like Pegasus and not listening to the people. It is a shame,” said Nationalist Congress Party’s Vandana Chavan.
“Pegasus has reached everyone’s house. We have to discuss on this,” said RJD’s Manoj Jha.
“In Delhi, a Dalit girl has been raped and burnt but the government is not even talking about it,” said Aaam Aadmi Party’s Sushil Kumar Gupta.
Since the monsoon session convened on July 19, PM Modi has attended Parliament once for the opening remarks and to introduce newly-inducted Union ministers.
Demanding a discussion on Pegasus snooping scandal, farm laws and other issues, the opposition parties have been disrupting proceedings in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
The BJP-led Centre has been facing opposition’s criticism over the alleged hacking of more than 300 verified mobile phone numbers, including of opposition leaders, journalists, judges, activists and current ministers, using Israeli Pegasus spyware sold only to government agencies.
On Tuesday, PM Modi hit out at the opposition for its conduct in Parliament, including tearing papers and making “derogatory” remarks on the way bills have been passed, and  accused them of insulting the legislature and the Constitution.
Speaking to reporters on PM Modi’s speech at the BJP parliamentary party meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said he expressed anger at the conduct of some opposition members and noted that those who tore papers and threw it around have remained unrepentant.
This shows their arrogance, PM Modi said and asked his party members to maintain restraint.