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United opposition targets govt in Parliament

Parliament's winter session

New Delhi: A united opposition today cornered the government in Parliament, accusing it of focusing on issues like religious conversions instead of fulfilling promises of bringing back black money and creating jobs.

Accusing the government of allowing conversions and remaining silent on poll promises like bringing back black money and providing employment opportunities, the opposition in both Houses did not allow government to respond and created uproar leading to three adjournments in the pre-lunch period in Rajya Sabha.

The Upper House was adjourned once during the Zero Hour and twice during Question Hour when members of SP, JD-U and TMC rushed to the Well raising slogans and holding placards highlighting unfulfilled promises made by government.

In the Lok Sabha, members of Samajwadi Party, RJD and JD-U staged a walkout after Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) accused the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling promises to people who had voted this government to power.

As members protested holding posters, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed Yadav to speak.

The SP supremo said promises were made that farmers would get money in their accounts and that land encroached by China and Pakistan would be taken back. But “these promises have not been fulfilled… Ek kaam karke dikhaye (at least fulfil one promise),” he said.

In Rajya Sabha, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) raised the issue saying government’s focus is on “ghar wapsi” campaigns through conversions instead of fulfilling promises made to people ahead of elections.

“You had promised incentive to farmers for their produce. Now a new thing has come… you did not say you will launch ‘ghar wapsi’ (conversion) campaigns. Your party ministers and MPs are saying this. You did not fulfil the promises made to people. You have forgotten them. That is why this House is not functioning,” he said.

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