Venkaiah Naidu hits back: ‘Congress strategy to paralyse House’

Attacking Congress for using its numbers to "paralyse" Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today backed the "campaign" for "redefining" its role as the two Houses are "pulling in different directions".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 24, 2015 2:59 am
Opposition members protest in the well of the Rajya Sabha. (Source: PTI) Opposition members protest in the well of the Rajya Sabha. (Source: PTI)

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.”

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  1. N
    Dec 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm
    Congress is enemy number one for the nation. The party wants to block the country's growth by blocking important bills such as GST. Lok Sabha, where BJP has majority, represents the people's mandate, as its members have been elected by people directly. Whereas in Rajya Sabha, dominated by Congress, the members have been chosen by the party leaders for their loyaly. It is grave murder of democracy, the will of the people is obstructed by the Rajya Sabha members who were not elected by people directly.
    1. A
      Dec 23, 2015 at 2:17 pm
      Where are those Artists,writers,scientists,filmmakers and eminent personalities who came out openly over issue intolerance in India against Modi Govt during Bihar embly Election are hiding now when there are hangama/chaos/ shouting in the temples : both houses of Parliament.My dear friends this is time you must come out openly express your displeasure against stalling of proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha otherwise there would be Anarchy in country if such activities are not arrested.
      1. M
        Dec 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm
        What about all the times that BJP did not let Rajya Sabha function when they were in opposition? Does the BJP follow double standards?
        1. C
          Dec 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm
          ONLY ITALIAN SONIO SCAMGRESSO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS. They have caused so much of damage to our country - just two people could do so much damage. This cannot happen anywhere in the world. in any country, local people will not join hands with a foreigner and damage their own country. they all have patriotism, be it in Africa, Asia, America or Australia. Only in India, there are so many traitors joining hands with just one foreigner and her son and ruining our country. people will never never forgive them.
          1. Satya Paul
            Dec 23, 2015 at 2:11 pm
            By not allowing Parliament to work, Cong. is not hurting BJP. It is hurting the people of the country. Cong. should understand that Parliament "WORKS FOR THE NATION NOT FOR CONG. OR BJP"
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