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Opposition Manufacturing Issues Where None Exist, Says Arun Jaitley On Claims Of 'Muzzling'

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| February 7 , 2018 , 07:59 IST

The Budget Session of Parliament 2018 has been marked with an increasing polarisation between the government and the Opposition, with Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad levelling a series of allegations against the government. On Tuesday, the Opposition boycotted the Rajya Sabha during the second half of the day, saying that their voice was being 'muzzled', to which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hit back, accusing the Opposition of 'manufacturing issues'.

Led by the Congress, the Opposition protested in the Rajya Sabha in the second half, saying that their issues were not taken up, and that their voice was being muzzled.

"(Now) they get up and adjourn the house. Our voice is being muzzled," said Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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Arun Jaitley rejected the allegations, saying, "What opposition parties have done in Rajya Sabha is absolutely unprecedented. The Congress and some other parties have tried to manufacture an issue where none existed."

He said that if the Opposition were to repeatedly violate the rules of the house every day and make efforts to adjourn the house, it was obvious they didn't want "organized and systematic discussion" and requested that Opposition leaders not run away from the debates.

Earlier, in the debate of 'Motion of Thanks to the President', Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad levelled a series of allegations against the government, accusing it of treating Opposition leaders as 'terrorists' and of tapping their phones.