New Delhi: Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday said the Food Security Bill should be passed only after proper debate.
Yechury also rubbished the charges that the opposition is stalling the government's effort to provide Food Security.
"The bill was introduced in the din yesterday. But the charges that the opposition is stalling the government's effort to provide Food Security. Now, this is a charge we strongly refute and the Left is not party to any stoppage or any obstacle for providing Food Security to the people," said Yechury.
"In fact, the amendment we have moved is that the present bill talks of providing Food Security for 67 percent of the Indian population and our amendment is that it should be universal. It should be a hundred percent food security for every Indian. And that is an amendment in the right spirit of which we think it should be properly discussed. We will press for our amendment and we want this food security to be really food security for the whole country," he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha earlier in the day said that the government was trying to divert the attention of the people from various scams in which it is embroiled.
"Some people might remember that they had adopted the same approach during 1989 elections and there was chaos due to Bofors scam. They had introduced 73rd and 74th amendment and when it was not passed in Rajya Sabha, they said that the opposition obstructed the steps taken by them to strengthen democracy at the grass root level," said Sinha.
"They lost the elections despite the claims made by them. The main issue today is corruption and there can be no compromise on it," he added.
The main opposition party has said that it will not allow the Congress-led UPA Government to push its important bills in Parliament till the resignation Union Law and Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar and Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.
Both houses of Parliament were repeatedly disrupted and were adjourned till Wednesday as the BJP pressed for Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's resignation over irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks.