Parliament Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Wednesday criticised the Congress for paralysing Rajya Sabha, and said people across the country felt that there is a need to redefine the role of the Upper House.
“The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha are pulling in different directions,” said Naidu.
Stating that the country was “disappointed over the manner in which Parliament functioned”, he said: “The real problem is the main Opposition party is not reconciled to the fact that it has been defeated and a new government has come in its place with a massive mandate.” Accusing the Congress of looking for excuses to disrupt proceedings, he said: “This session has been a victim of a strategy conceived before its commencement, which was to see that Parliament was paralysed.”
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He described the Congress protests in the well of the Lok Sabha as “tyranny of the minority” and accused the party of holding the Rajya Sabha to ransom by blocking legislation. Asked about the allegations against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Naidu said, “It is like spitting on the Sun God — the spit comes back on your face.”