Mumbai: Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Tuesday urged the government and the opposition to reach out with an understanding so that the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha could continue.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, the Janata Dal (Secular) MP from Karnataka said, “The government should understand. Both the Opposition and the government should sit together to help run the House. Democracy should work with cooperation.”
The former prime minister’s statement comes at a time when the opposition walked out of the Rajya Sabha and threatened to boycott the session until their demands were met.
Apart from Congress, which demanded the cancellation of the suspension of eight MPs and the government and brought in a bill, which guarantees that farmers’ produce cannot be bought by private players at prices lower than the MSP.
The eight MPs of the Upper House were suspended by Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday due to the uproar while agrarian reform bills were under discussion.
He also urged opposition leaders who staged “reconsideration, introspection and return to the House” to participate in the discussion.