BJP flays Congress protest; Says it will only boomerang

RSTV Bureau
FILE: A meeting of BJP MPs and senior office bearers in Delhi.  Photo - PTI

FILE: A meeting of BJP MPs and senior office bearers in Delhi.
Photo – PTI

The ruling BJP has taken a strong exception to the sustained protest by the Congress party inside Parliament House in an on-going Winter session. Both the houses of Parliament has been witnessing a strong protest by the principal opposition party over the issues of National Herald case, law and order situation in Punjab and other matters where they have got support from the Left front, TMC and JD (U).

The incumbent BJP has now accused the Congress party of creating “obstruction” in the path of development, adding that the strategy adopted by the principal opposition party would only boomerang on it.

The stalemate between the main opposition and the treasury escalated last week after Delhi High Court order in a National Herald case where it rejected the petitions filed by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders seeking quashing of summons ordered by the trial court on the complaint of Subramanian Swamy.

The session is a crucial one for the incumbent BJP-led NDA government, especially from the point of view of its economic agenda. Modi government is keen to get Goods and Services (GST) Bill passed but will have to wait till it gets Congress party on board, for the latter has numerical advantage in the Upper house.

Taking the stock of situation, the BJP Parliamentary Party voiced concern over the tiff on the floor of Parliament.

New Delhi: Congress MPs protesting inside Lok Sabha a day after Delhi High Court in National Herald case.  Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi: Congress MPs protesting inside Lok Sabha a day after Delhi High Court in National Herald case.
Photo – PTI

“The parliamentary party expressed its concern over the negative politics of Congress and its attempt to obstruct the country’s development. It is doing so for its own narrow and selfish political interest and it can be suicidal for Congress,” MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said briefing the press post their meeting.

He also added that BJP has issued a whip, asking its members in both the Houses to be present for the remainder of the Winter session during which the government hopes to push through a host of Bills even as prospect for it appears dim.

Flaying Congress party especially for stalling the house over National Herald case, he said, “National Herald case is being used to harm national interest. Congress should see to it that the case does not overshadow national interest.”

The Congress party, on the other hand, have been alleging the ruling party of resorting to “politics of vendetta” with its vice president Rahul Gandhi targeting Prime Minister Modi and his office over the developments in the case.

The Congress president too had trained her guns on the ruling combine when the press had earlier sought her reaction after the Delhi High Court order in National Herald case.

“I am the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi…. I am not scared of anyone,” Sonia Gandhi had said last week.

Sonia Gandhi, along with her son and Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi and office bearers of the party — Suman Dubey, Moti Lal Vohra, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and the Young India Ltd. – are slated to appear before the trial court in National Hearld case on December 19.