Interview: Oppn is disturbing without homework or exit route, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

BJP minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi discusses Congress ‘arrogance’ and NDA strategy with Abantika Ghosh.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2015 5:25 am
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The government is accusing the opposition of disruption but the Congress and the JD(U) have pointed out that this is exactly what you had done when in opposition.
These people had given a notice for discussion on the very first day of the monsoon session. When we got ready to hold a discussion immediately, that put them on the back foot. That is because they are disturbing without homework and they have not thought of any exit route. They do not have a strategy to prevent embarrassment. That is why the very next day they have given a notice under rule 176 asking for resignations before discussion. In the entire history of Parliament, this is unprecedented. There is nothing called a conditional debate. We disrupted demanding discussion — JPC demand for 2G was a later development. Disruption is warranted if the government is arrogant and does not accede to the demand for discussion. As for the resignations by UPA ministers, they were not done to oblige the opposition. They were not left with any way out by a slew of court judgments.

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What is the way forward?
We want Parliament to function; we are talking to everybody to find a way out. But they have adopted an arrogant attitude that they will not talk. That is because they have started agitating without strategising about an exit route. No political party agitates without leaving an exit route.

Is the sting operation against the private secretary of the Uttarakhand chief minister a government ploy to put the Congress on the back foot?
That is a wrong perception. The sting was done by an individual. It has revealed the truth. If the Opposition wants to discuss state scams, there are many scams that we want discussed too. There was the Kerala (solar) scam, the issue of the huge scam of how money meant for the Uttarakhand floods was squandered, there is the Assam and Goa (Louis Berger) scam, there is the Karnataka scam and the Himachal power scam. We have given notice on all of these and would like to discuss them too.

So you want discussions only on the scams in Congress-ruled states?
We have also given one on West Bengal, not on Saradha but on the issue of the kidnapping of the young girl in Mograhat.

Sushma Swaraj had removed the words “foreign minister of India” from her Twitter bio. They are back but it fuelled speculation about her resignation.
There is no question at all of her resignation, the entire party is behind her. The country agrees that she did no wrong, she did not provide travel documents to anybody, did not help him escape from the country. She is told about how a person’s wife is suffering from cancer and asked whether allowing him to travel would affect India-UK relations. She merely said that it would not. She did not suppress it either.

Some Congress MPs have spoken out against disruptive tactics. Are you reaching out to them?
We are talking to everybody;  it would not be fair to name anybody. Our stand is simple, let us debate, discuss for one day, two days, whatever you want. They are making a mountain when there is not even a molehill.

Is the government willing to make some changes to the land bill?
The bill is with the Joint Committee. I do not know what deliberations are happening there. We will wait for its report.

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  1. T
    Jul 23, 2015 at 9:19 am
    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi quoted mota bhai Amit Shah as telling MPs: “We will expose those who are trying to disrupt our journey on the path to progress with fabricated issues. We will take them on in Parliament and on the streets… We will not let Congress succeed. Our 56 waist NaMo led Govt at the Centre, state governments, our chief ministers are doing very good work and doing it with honesty.” and even Shanta Kumar has praised NaMo
    1. Virendra Sason
      Jul 23, 2015 at 9:59 am
      बीजेपी को दूसरों पर विषैले बाण फेंकने की आदत है, पर झेलने की नहीं।
      1. V
        Jul 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm
        Wrong person "lalit modi " was helped , unfortunately good intention cant be proved
        1. G
          Gary Singh
          Jul 24, 2015 at 3:13 am
          The dim witted illiterate BJP troll believe that by hurling abuses on Rahul they are serving the cause of BJP. Let me remind them the more they open their gutter mouth the more votes they lose every day. They think people are fool. You can fool them once like in the multi-crore election campaign where Modi told lie after lie and befooled the people into believing that as soon as he got the chair achhe din will come. He knew full well that he had neither the ability nor any desire to do any thing for the country but for his own self promotion trumping upon even the senior BJP leaders who had devoted all their lives for this party. BJP is a shameless party with double standards. When in opposition they stopped Parliament day after day, session after session and demanded resignation on flimsy grounds. Dr. Manmohan Singh sacrificed his three able Ministers only to satisfy the blood thirsty BJP hounds like Shushma and Jaitley to save Parliament session after session in public interest. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Rahul is absolutely right. Unless BJP sack the corrupt ministers there is no way the Parliament should be allowed to function. What is good for Peter is good for Paul.
          1. I
            Jul 23, 2015 at 8:32 am
            BJP, in its opposition days, taught how to disrupt Parliament and Cong has learnt to follow the same path. It is ridiculous for BJP to now emphasise the sancy of the Parl sessions.
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