Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal to not attend PM's Covid meet
The main opposition Congress said it wouldn't attend the government's meeting with floor leaders of all parties on Covid-19 later on Tuesday.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress is not boycotting the meeting, but it will not attend as it wants the government to present the facts on the floor of both houses of Parliament.
"If he (PM Modi) wants to give a presentation on Covid, he should give it in the Central Hall separately to MPs and Rajya Sabha members. MPs should be allowed to discuss Covid-related issues in their constituencies," Kharge was quoted as saying by ndtv.com.
The ruling BJP's erstwhile ally SAD will also not attend the meeting, its president Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
"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," he said.
The government has called the meeting of floor leaders of all parties on the Covid-19 management.
The Health Secretary is expected to make a presentation in the meeting, which is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well.