As the Winter Session ended on Wednesday, the Congress blamed the BJP-led government’s “arrogance”, “vendetta mindset” and confrontationist attitude for the deadlock in Parliament.
“The washout is not because of us. It is because of the government’s misdeeds and words,” said Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge at a joint press conference with Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Azad said the BJP government will have to shun the path of “arrogance, vendetta and confrontation” if it wants to run Parliament smoothly. He claimed that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu himself was “spearheading the confrontation”.
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“The BJP has failed to run the government. It has failed to run Parliament too or it doesn’t know how to run Parliament. It failed to take the Opposition along. The Congress ran a minority government between 1991 to 1996 but could unveil the most revolutionary economic reforms, because we had the capacity and ability to take every political party and Opposition along,” said Azad.
“The session that ended today will go down in Parliament’s history as one where an intransigent government demonstrated that there are no limits in furtherance of its agenda of political vendetta and confrontation. The current impasse in the political discourse is the failure of the BJP’s leadership in fulfilling its promises made to the public and inability to govern,” he said.
Asked about the government’s claim that it had proposed solutions to the Congress to break the GST impasse, Azad said: “Those solutions were not what we wanted (and) what we had demanded… We do not want a diluted solution… There was no crystal clear solution to our crystal clear demands and amendments.” Referring to the resignations of several ministers during UPA rule, following the demand of then Opposition BJP, Azad said: “We were sensitive to the demands of the Opposition… The government is insensitive.”