The Congress believes the government snatched the chairmanship of the committee from the party because the panel under Anand Sharma was deliberating on the sensitive issue of electoral reforms.
“Narendra Modi-led government’s popularity graph is going down,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Azad said Jinnah had indulged in the “politics of religion and caste”, resulting in his nation being ruined. “Today there is a threat to the idea of India – its sovereignty, unity and integrity faces threat,” Azad said.
Ghulam Nabi Azad said the rise of grassroot-level persons like Sitaram Yechury and Venkaiah Naidu to high positions was the biggest achievement of democracy and many who weren’t landlords or educated families had reached the zenith of their profession
Ghulam Nabi Azad admits Nitish leaving is a setback but says the JD(U) chief was always “90 pc” with the NDA, asserts that the 2018 state elections will be a gamechanger, claims that BJP made UP polls a contest between Hindus, Muslims, and questions the source of funds for BJP setting up offices across the country
According to sources, Yadav spoke of his “dilemma” following party chief and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s switch from the Grand Alliance to the NDA camp.
All those (JDU) legislators got elected against the programmes of the BJP. Who are the voters? The voters are secular voters. They have voted for secularism. They have not voted for the policies of the BJP, said Ghulam Nabi Azad.
“In every case, we have found…these are not issues under the motion of Rule 267 and therefore, it is a practice which is being grossly abused. Therefore, the Chair must also be guided by a principle that you can’t have a Zero Hour run only for the benefit of television cameras,” said Arun Jaitley.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the lynchings are “not religious”, “Hindu-Muslim” or a “fight between upper castes and Dalits”, but the (Sangh) “Parivar’s battle against everybody”.
“The Congress repudiates the Government’s claim and calls upon the Government to take the nation into confidence and disclose what it is doing to bring about normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir,” the two leaders said in the joint statement.
The House was adjourned after the chaos till noon by Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien. Later, it was adjourned till 2 pm.
Ghulam Nabi Azad also appeared soft on the JD(U), which had broken ranks with the Opposition to back the NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. He said he believed the JD(U)’s support to Kovind was a one-off case.
The US State Department had released a statement designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’, adding that the terror outfit claimed responsibility for several attacks, including an explosives attack in April 2014 in “Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.”
Sources said senior Congress leaders talked to their counterparts in other opposition parties to ensure their presence at a crucial meeting on June 22 of all non-NDA parties in Parliament. The opposition leaders also put up a brave face, claiming their unity was intact.
The BJP has formed a three member committee, including Singh, Naidu and Union Minister Arun Jaitley, to zero in on a Presidential candidate.