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PM snubs MPs: House cant be adjourned during crisis

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dim view of the suggestion to adjourn Parliament because of the coronavirus outbreak and said MPs should not be seen as abdicating their responsibility as peoples representatives when so many others were attending to the call of duty at great risk to themselves.
Addressing BJP MPs, Modi referred to the growing suggestion that Parliament should go into recess to help MPs dodge the virus. “What I have been hearing is not right. MPs should be seen to be in the front of the fight against the pandemic. We should think of the crew members of IAF and Air India who are evacuating Indians from countries hit by the epidemic, of the doctors and nurses who are treating patients, of the loaders who are handling the baggage of the evacuated… police. What if they also decide to take a break at this time?” the PM was quoted as saying by BJP MPs.
Modi, whose address was applauded, made it clear that the ongoing Budget session scheduled till April 3 will not be curtailed. “We are representatives of the 130 crore people of the country,” he said.
The PM also appreciated the role of electronic and print media in spreading awareness about Covid-19, parliamentary affairs minister Read More – Source