Ahead of the all-party meeting on Monday, the Congress on Saturday said the issue of action against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should be included in the agenda of the meeting.
The party has made it clear that it would prefer to stay away from the meeting if there is no tangible proposal from the government.
“We have no objection to holding discussions to break the logjam, but it should be based on what action is taken against Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and over the Vyapam scam. It should be on the agenda for the discussions,” said Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
The top party leadership is scheduled to meet on Sunday evening, while the general body of the Congress Parliamentary Party will meet on Monday morning to discuss the strategy. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is set to address the general body meeting, the first this session.
“We have no objection to discussions, but the discussions should not be that you meet over tea. There is an old saying that they came, they met, they discussed, they ate and they dispersed. We are not interested in that type of meeting,” said Azad.
“BJP leaders and ministers should not lecture us over the logjam… We are a responsible political party. All opposition parties are responsible political parties. We are keen to pass important Bills. We are very keen to have a very comprehensive discussion on terrorism — not just terrorism, but also cross-border terrorism — …the PM has to be part of the debate,” said Azad. He said the BJP government does not believe in “give and take” and consensus.