Opposition leaders to meet today to decide on attending PM Modi's COVID briefing for floor leaders
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A meeting of opposition leaders will be held on Tuesday morning to decide if they will participate in the meeting for floor leaders of the two Houses for briefing regarding the COVID-19 situation and vaccination programme on Tuesday evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present during the briefing. The meeting of opposition leaders will be held in the office of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge before the commencement of the proceedings.
CPI MP Binoy Viswam said that the opposition leaders will take a decision on Tuesday morning. He said since the Parliament is in session, it will be appropriate to have a discussion on COVID-19 on the floor of the House.
Opposition MPs on Monday disrupted the proceeding of both houses of Parliament and sought to raise various issues including price rise, farmers' agitation, and allegations of surveillance through malware.
The opposition's meet came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he will be chairing a meeting with the floor leaders of all parties of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic in the country and the vaccination drive started by the government.
According to sources as quoted by news agency ANI, the leaders would be given a presentation of the Centre's COVID handling and the vaccination policy would be discussed with them.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister, prior to the start of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, while addressing the media said that the vaccine is given in the 'baahu' (arm) and those who take it become 'Baahubali' and asserted that over 40 crore people have become 'Baahubali' (strong) in the fight against coronavirus. PM Modi also said the inoculation programme in the country was moving forward at a fast pace.
"Vaccine is given in 'baahu' (arm), and those who take it become 'Baahubali'. The only way to become Baahubali to fight against corona is to get vaccinated. More than 40 crore people have become Bahubali in the fight against coronavirus," he said.
This development came on the first day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament which witnessed massive uproar by the opposition leaders over a number of issues including the Pegasus report, farm laws, and the rising fuel prices across the country. The ruckus by the opposition leaders led to the adjournment of both the houses -- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha -- without completion of any business.
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