Citing Mulayam’s support, PM flays Congress protest

RSTV Bureau

modi_pmBuoyed by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav criticising Congress party over its protest on the floor of the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took on the latter. Facing the heat of protest by principal opposition against his cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj, the PM alleged Congress party of “misusing” the Parliament to stop the pace of country’s growth and development.

Addressing BJP’s last parliamentary meet in the current session, PM Modi lent praises for Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying the leader understood the “Congress conspiracy”.

“The Prime Minister said a message has gone out as the session draws to a close that there are some people who are misusing Parliament to stop the pace of country’s development. Their main goal is to stop the economic growth,” Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said while apprising the press on the deliberations in BJP’s parliamentary meet.

“He expressed his gratitude to those, especially Muyalayam Singh Yadavji, and all those parties who have felt that this is a conspiracy to stop the country’s progress. He hailed them and asked the party and members to do so as well,” Rudy said quoting PM Modi.

Both the houses of Parliament have been witnessing a strong protest, essentially from the Congress party, over the issue of Lalit Modi controversy and ‘Vyapam’ scam ever since the beginning of the current session. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had even suspended 25 Congress MPs over their protest.

As the protest resumed with the return of Congress MPs on Monday, Mulayam Singh Yadav sought to end the ongoing logjam in the lower house while withdrawing his support to Congress protest.

Cong-protest-in-Parl-4“Enough is enough…We will not back you if you keep protesting,” said Mulayam Singh Yadav as Congress members continued its protest demanding the resignation of Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Just last week Yadav had strongly supported Congress party in its protest against the Lok Sabha Speaker’s decision to suspend 25 of their MPs. The sudden intervention by him, therefore, came as a surprise for the Congress party.

“If Yadav had any plan or wanted to mediate, he should have talked to the Congress and should not have gone about the way he had gone,” a Congress leader said on Monday.

However, the BJP-led NDA government may not wholly rely on Mulayam Singh Yadav’s support in its bid to weaken Congress anti-government protest for the former warned of new disruptions if NDA government failed to release the findings on caste based data of recently tabled social-economic census.

(With inputs from the PTI)