The Congress Friday hit back at PM Narendra Modi’s apparent reference to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in his recent comments about “extra-constitutional authorities wielding power” during the UPA’s regime, and claimed that “constitutional impropriety” was the hallmark of the BJP-led NDA government at the centre.
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“It is a case of the pot calling the kettle black,” said Congress General Secretary Ambika Soni, adding, “Constitutional impropriety is the hallmark of this government…it has a cabinet which today is a toothless wonder. A deliberate whispering campaign was launched as part of the strategy to demoralise and demolish individual personalities of colleagues in the cabinet”.
Accusing the government of “denigrating” Parliament, she said it was making a deliberate attempt to not hold discussions in Parliament and was seeking to bring in an ‘ordinance raj’. She said the government was trying to convert Parliament into a “club for passing ordinances” and was avoiding select committees and standing committees.
“A vigilant Opposition has been able to stand up to it due to its numbers in the Rajya Sabha,” Soni claimed.
Unlike in the UPA, there is no mechanism in place for consultation with allies in the NDA government, she said.
“He (Modi) said extra constitutional authority was exercised during UPA time. Possibly, there is a need to remind the Prime Minister that during the tenure of the UPA, there was a Coordination Committee with the alliance partners. When the Left was involved, there was a Left Coordination Committee,” said Soni.
The 10-year-long stint of the UPA government was run according to “democratic practices and best practices for alliance governments,” she said.