New Delhi, Jan 30: The all-party meeting held a day before the Budget session of Parliament here on Thursday showed gulf of differences between the ruling dispensation and the Opposition parties. Responding to various issues raised by leaders from opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I agree with you all on the other important issues raised. And I would like to say that there should be an open discussion on all such issues."
The Opposition parties vociferously raised the issue of anti-CAA protests and accused the government of displaying "arrogance" in not reaching out to protestors especially at the Shaheen Bagh locality in the capital. A large number of Muslim women protestors among others are staging sit-in dharna at Shaheen Bagh for last 45 days.
The Prime Minister said: "Most of the members (including Opposition leaders) have asked for discussion on the economic situation concerning the country. I welcome this and we need to discuss the economic issues as suggested by you all." He urged all leaders to see how the country could gain from the prevailing 'global scenario'.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi later denied that the government was being arrogant. According to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, opposition members also demanded the release of detained political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir including former J and K chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who is also a member of the Lok Sabha. Another Congress leader Anand Sharma said some statements made by BJP leaders during the Delhi poll campaign were also raised.(UNI)