Parliament Monsoon Session: Center convenes all-party meeting; Sitharaman to brief houses on Sri Lanka crisis

Highlight

  • Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra is likely to make a presentation to the members
  • The presentation will talk about the Sri Lanka crisis and the aid given by India in the past
  • In the all-party meeting on Sunday, DMK and AIADMK leaders urged the Center to intervene in the crisis.

The Center has called an all-party meeting on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing crisis in Sri Lanka. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said in the all-party meeting held on Sunday that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will brief the leaders of all political parties in both the Houses of Parliament in the meeting.

According to sources, Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra is likely to make a presentation before the members on the situation in Lanka and the aid extended by India to the island nation in the past.

“The government is convening a meeting of its own to address the concerns of several political parties, especially in Tamil Nadu as they are concerned about the Sri Lankan crisis and the influx of refugees into the state,” sources said.

In his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and EAM Jaishankar, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin expressed his concern about the situation in Lanka and sought permission to send relief materials to the island nation reeling from the economic crisis.

In the all-party meeting on Sunday, both the DMK and AIADMK leaders had urged the Center to intervene in the crisis to help the neighboring country resolve its crisis.

Sri Lanka is facing an economic and political crisis characterized by inflation and severe shortages of fuel and other essential supplies.

First day of monsoon session facing disruption

On the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha was disrupted following a ruckus by members of the opposition party, forcing the House to be adjourned for the whole day.

The joint opposition including Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and Shiv Sena created ruckus in the House after the swearing-in and tributes.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urged the members to maintain the dignity of the House and allow it to proceed normally, but several members of opposition parties came to the Well of the House and started shouting slogans.

Members of the opposition raised issues disrupting the ongoing speech of the Rajya Sabha chairman and raised slogans against the central government saying “dictatorship will not work”.

Amidst the uproar, Naidu continued the proceedings for a few minutes but later he adjourned the House for the day.

“Some people (members of Parliament) have come here with the intention of disrupting the proceedings. The House has been adjourned for the day to meet again on Tuesday,” Naidu announced.

Earlier, when the House met at 11 am, around 28 members took the oath of affirmation and tributes were paid in respect of several dignitaries who passed away recently.

(with inputs from ANI)

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