Opposition raise Christmas holiday issue in Lok Sabha

New Delhi : Opposition parties in the Lok Sabha, led by the Congress, again Wednesday raised the issue of schools being asked to remain open on Christmas day, accusing the government of misleading the house in the matter.

The parties later staged a walkout over the issue.

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The issue was raised during Zero Hour by Congress’s K.C. Venugopal who said he had raised the issue for the last two days but the response of the government has been misleading.

“Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has informed the house that there is no circular. This is totally misleading,” he said, adding that Naidu should apologise for misleading the country.

“Schools have been asked to send videos to show that students observed Good Governance Day. How can they send videos of the function without opening the school,” he asked.

He alleged that “the HRD ministry was running the agenda of the Sangh Parivar”.

Responding to his remarks, Naidu said that it was the Congress party whose agenda was run according to one ‘Parivar’ (family).

“People should not allow politicisation of this issue. This is a sensitive issue. Let us not mislead the country,” he said.

“There is no disrespect for Christmas. Let us not try to create unnecessary tension in the country,” he added.

At this point, the opposition parties, including the Congress, staged a walkout from the house.