Government, Congress in war of words ahead of all-party meet

The BJP today hit back saying the opposition party has pushed itself "against the wall" by its demand and the honourable exit for it would be have a debate in the House on the Lalit Modi issue.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 2, 2015 9:46 pm
parliament, monsoon session, war of words, bjp, congress, lalit modi, vyapam, narendra modi, iramala Sitharaman, bjp parliament The monsoon session of Parliament, that began July 21, has so far not been able to transact any major business due to repeated adjournments.

On the eve of all-party meet, a war of words erupted today with the government charging the opposition with “negativism” and “obstructionism” while the Congress hit back by questioning the sincerity of the ruling side to break the logjam in Parliament.

With half of the Monsoon session virtually washed out, the government said the “honourable exit” for the Congress would be to have a debate on the issue concerning External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s “help” to Lalit Modi.

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who addressed a press conference at BJP headquarters, however, made it clear that the Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh, in which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is under attack, cannot be discussed at all as it concerns a state.

The government has convened an all-party meeting tomorrow to discuss ways to end the stalemate in Parliament.

Attack Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the party may be upset with the government for “political reasons” but it must “accept and seriously introspect” that “negativism” and its “obstructionist tendencies” would hurt the country and the economy.

His attack in a facebook post came in the context of the ambitious Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill which is among the reform measures stuck as Parliament is unable to function because of relentless opposition demand for resignation of Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Lalit Modi and ouster of Chouhan over Vyapam scam.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also ruled out any resignation and maintained that there can be a debate in which the opposition can express its views.

He insisted that neither Swaraj nor Raje had done anything illegal or unethical that they should resign. Raje was not even Chief Minister at that time, he added.

“We want to accommodate the opposition… Let us have a discussion… If they want to express their point of view, we are ready,” Naidu said.

Reacting sharply, Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “the unwarranted, uncharitable and provocative statement by the Finance Minister and BJP, accussing Congress of disruption makes it abundantly clear that the government is neither serious nor sincere in breaking the deadlock in Parliament.”

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  1. prakash gotimukul
    Aug 2, 2015 at 8:43 pm
    When UPS was in power there was paralysis in govt, there was scam everyday. MMS was a in effective PM and Sonia was making trips abroad in the name of medical illness to deposit black money. How come she is not going abroad now? Anyway, the UPA govt was a useless govt and whay BJP did was right.......now we hv a effective PM who works for 18 hrs a day..NO scam for 14 months. All ministers doing excellent work listening to people, planning and executing....when country is developing cong with 44 members want to slow down and want india to be a backward country. Thats the worst that congress can do. Sonia is daily sitting in LS and supervising the shouting? This is not same Mr Mir. This is desh drohi cong.
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      Zina
      Aug 2, 2015 at 11:44 pm
      Sonia hi has to be careful. She will be blamed for the obstruction. She has a mean and vengeful demeanor and she wants her son and her family to be the only Prime Ministers of the country. She kept attacking Modi in Gujarat and Modi became the PM. As an immigrant, if she keeps destroying India with her mafia behaviour in the Parliament, there will be trouble for her party.
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      1. Satya Paul
        Aug 2, 2015 at 8:20 pm
        BJP asked for the Cong. Ministers' resignations only after FIR's, etc. had been registered against them. But did MMS resign even after his corruption in coal block allotment came to light? And BJP never stalled parl. on that account!
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          George Cruz
          Aug 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm
          The congress party has already lost the mandate from the electorate of India during the last elections and with this “negativism” and “obstructionism” just for opposing any developmental reforms proposed by the BJP would spell ultimate demise of the congress party. The reality is that there is no leadership in the congress party and it is just like navigating a ship with no comp and rudder.
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            gurmeet singh
            Aug 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm
            Better to a bjp chamcha rather be scamster and antinational as the congies who want the country to fail!
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