Piyush Goyal furious over the absence of the opposition in the government meeting

New Delhi: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said opposition parties do not want Parliament to function smoothly and it is his mantra to create unrest and disruption. The Union Minister also attacked the opposition for not attending a meeting convened by the government to end the deadlock in the Upper House in the ongoing winter session of Parliament over the suspension of 12 MPs.

Goyal said MPs should realise their mistake and talk to Rajya Sabha Speaker Venkaiah Naidu. The Union Minister said, "It has to be said with great regret that Union Minister Prahlad Joshi had convened a meeting today at the behest of the Chairman and on repeated requests of the Opposition, but unfortunately, the Opposition did not even come to the meeting. If they admit their mistake and apologize, I think there is no one small in it. That will enhance the dignity of the House.''

Meanwhile, veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has questioned the Centre's move to convene only four parties, whose members have been suspended in the Rajya Sabha. The remaining parties were not called. Kharge described the Centre's move as a ploy to divide the opposition. Earlier in the day, opposition parties held a meeting on the government's appeal for talks and invitations to leaders of only four parties, in which it was decided not to attend the Centre's meeting.

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