With both houses in logjam, NDA MPs decide to forgo salary

RSTV Bureau

Lok Sabha Rajya Sabha protest

NDA MPs have decided that they will not take their salaries and emoluments for 23 days of the budget session. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the decision to forego their salaries was taken as no business has been conducted in the parliament for past 23 days due to opposition protests.

Kumar blamed the Congress for the logjam in both the Houses of Parliament, saying that it had engaged in “anti-democratic” politics.

The Congress, along with other opposition parties had stopped important bills from being passed, which led to a “criminal wastage” of the taxpayer’s money, the parliamentary affairs minister told reporters here.

“We discussed the issue with the prime minister, the BJP president and other NDA constituents and decided to give up the salary of 23 days of the part II of the Budget session…the money is given to us to serve the people,” Kumar said at a hurriedly-convened press conference Wednesday evening.

He also alleged that the Congress was increasingly becoming intolerant of people’s mandate for the Modi government. “That is why they are indulging in negative politics by stalling Parliament,” the Parliamentary Affairs minister claimed.

He once again said that government is ready to discuss any issue in the house.

“Notices of no confidence motion (against the government) were first brought by the YSR Congress, TDP and now the Congress. When we are ready to discuss the motion and issues such as banking fraud, why don’t they let the house function,” he said.

The second part of the session which began on March 5, is scheduled to end on Friday.

(With inputs from PTI)