Government tried to escape accountability: Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday said that the central government delayed convening of winter session of the Parliament to escape accountability on demonetisation, GST and Rafael deal.

The Member of Parliament from Hyderabad said the government did not want debate on these key issues and tried to escape accountability to avoid influencing the electorate in Gujarat.

"It is all to the good that the government has decided the date of the winter session of Parliament, however belatedly," Owaisi said in a statement here.

He recalled that the Congress had also committed similar abuses in the past.

The MP said the delay raised vital question about the role and status of Parliament as a "grand inquest" of the nations. The British House of Commons debated a motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the worst days of Second World War, he pointed out.

"Parliament is not a mere legislative machine. It exists also to bring the Government of the day to account and our Prime Minister resists that notoriously," said Owaisi.

The President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) said that while the President is bound by the advice of the Prime Minister on summoning Parliament but in cases of certain abuse like the present one he owes the duty to summon Parliament.

"But it will be unrealistic to expect the President who is normally elected on party basis to exercise such a power. The nation is helpless and the Parliament is robbed of its power to ensure Government accountability to the nation precisely at a time when questions are asked all over the country," he added.


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