Ahead of the Winter Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the government is ready to discuss all issues and answer all questions but the dignity of Parliament and the Chair should be maintained.
Speaking with reporters, he said citizens want Parliament to debate on issues of national interest and find ways for the development of the country.
He asserted that the government is ready to discuss all issues and also answer all questions.
"The government is ready to discuss all issues, it is also ready to answer all questions. We want questions in parliament and also peace. Whatever voices are raised against the government or government policies - the dignity of parliament and the Speaker's Chair should be upheld. We should maintain the sort of conduct that will inspire younger generations," PM Modi said in his traditional remarks ahead of a new session.
Modi said the benchmark should be how the House functions and not how it is disrupted.
However, the PM's plea seemingly fell to deaf ears as Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon amid slogans, minutes after parliament convened for the winter session.
Voices against government policies should be forceful but dignity of Parliament and the Chair should be maintained, Modi had said.
The Prime Minister also put out a warning on the new Covid variant 'Omicron', urging all MPs and others to be cautious "as everyone's health is a priority in this hour of crisis".
Notably, Modi yesterday skipped an all-party meeting for the session. "There was no tradition of Prime Minister attending the all-party meeting. It was started by Modi ji," said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.
Congress's Rajya Sabha leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the opposition had expected the Prime Minister to attend. "We wanted to ask more about the farm laws as there are some apprehensions that these three laws may again come in some other form," he said on Sunday.