In House, we took everyone along… Rahul Gandhi came forward.. No doubt we will fight future elections together: Mallikarjun Kharge

The senior Congress leader, while speaking with The Indian Express cites speeches by BJP leaders to assert that it’s up to govt to run Parliament, claims Punjab Congress crisis is resolved and party will return to power, and says it’s not up to Rahul alone. The session was moderated by Political Editor, National Bureau Chief Ravish Tiwari.

RAVISH TIWARI: Who do you think is responsible for the washout of the Monsoon Session of Parliament?

Our agenda was to raise issues. Not just the Congress party, at least 15 opposition parties had decided on the priorities for the Session to save our fundamental rights, freedom of expression and speech… No one was spared from the Pegasus spyware — the Army, press, Opposition… We had decided to raise four issues: Pegasus, farm laws, Covid-19, and inflation, along with prices of petrol and diesel… We gave many notices on these issues but all of them were rejected. When we were raising the Pegasus issue, and pointing out that it was a violation of basic fundamental rights, it was called disruption. They (the government) said they don’t agree with the charges, but didn’t explain why. Rajnath Singh called me to say that he was going to Tajikistan, after which something needs to be done about it (Pegasus). Then, (Union ministers) Piyush Goyal and Pralhad Joshi came to meet me. I told them that we were having a meeting of opposition parties, after which we would tell them our decision. They left… Then they spoke to some opposition leaders in the Hall, some inside Parliament… It doesn’t work like that. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure the functioning of the House. They didn’t do it.Also Read |No alternative, need to come together for 2024: Sonia to Opposition

We had also demanded that both the Prime Minister and the Home Minister be present during the Pegasus discussion because they are responsible for internal and external security. The IT Department is only the facilitator. If they are told to tap Kharge saab’s phone, they will do it. But who gives the instructions? Who is responsible? That is why we wanted a discussion on it, so that the country also gets answers…https://259ec5cc757aee8d2b3b8fa9914d1d33.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

… If we are alive, only then can we discuss other things. If we have a voice, then we can speak for others. If we don’t have a voice, then there will be no farmer issue, no inflation, no price-rise, neither Covid. The one speaking up should have the power.

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