Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad defended the disruption of Parliament, accusing the BJP and its government of letting loose their MPs and agencies on the Opposition.
“The ruling party is complicating the issue, either through BJP ministers, MPs, RSS leaders or their colleagues, with their utterances. The leadership is not taking any action,” Azad said. “You cannot let loose your MPs and agencies on the Opposition and say you want to pass legislation. Moonh pe Ram Ram, bagal mein chori.”
Azad said the latest “provocative” remarks by BJP MP Virendra Singh in the Lok Sabha showed that the BJP had no intention of letting the House run smoothly.
Azad, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said the government has been “harassing all Opposition parties — NCP, BSP and TMC”. He said the central government did not take any action against BJP chief ministers Raman Singh, Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan whose names figured in a Chhattisgarh PDS scam, the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh respectively.
“There was a clear-cut case of money laundering in the case (Lalit Modi). But the ED did not even give a notice to them,” Azad said. About the National Herald case against the Congress leadership, Azad said, “Associated Journals Limited is a non-profit making company and the directors do not have any salaries.” He added an ED officer who shut the case was replaced with another, who reopened it.
Justifying the disruption of Parliament, Azad said: “We wanted action against the chief ministers. The ruling party is taking revenge. Where do we go? We can either go to court or to the temple of democracy. We chose this forum. We want to tell the country how this government is behaving with the Opposition.”