After Rahul Gandhi’s condemnation of Shiv Sena and BJP over force-feeding of a fasting Muslim, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Saturday put the onus on the Congress saying some of the MPs were staying in Maharashtra Sadan because Congress legislators have not vacated their accommodation after poll defeat.
“Those MPs who are staying in these Bhavans are staying there because their rightful accommodation has not been vacated by some of the leaders of Congress who have lost the elections.”
“So, I think the root cause of all these problems is the Congress, and Rahul Gandhi would do well to go to the root and correct the system,” she told reporters at event organised by NASSCOM here.
Asked to comment on the incident that has sparked outrage, Gandhi told reporters at Amethi “It is the ideology of BJP and Shiv Sena. Politics of bullying people is what they do. This is extremely damaging to the country and this what we fight against everyday. ”
Referring to the incident, Lekhi said “Since the appointment has been made by the NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra, I think the ownership of this particular incident also lies with the Congress for appointing those officers who do not do their work properly.”
“I am sure that Sena did not know that person was on the fast. And if bad food is being served under the supervision of an officer what should remedy be?” Lekhi added.
Lekhi said,”hyping of an issue on any of these lines shows the ideology of the Congress which works on the lines that the administration will not do its job and will feed people with the bad food.”
On Gandhi accusing the Narendra Modi government of doing nothing to control prices, Lekhi said the Congress Vice President has forgotten the price of onions shooting up to nearly Rs 100 during UPA rule.
“What price rise the gentleman is talking about? I think he has forgotten that the price of onion around this lean period between two crops went up to Rs 80 and Rs 100 when they were in power,” she said.
Moreover, for the first time in the history of the country a certain sum has been kept aside in the budget for maintaining the prices in the market, she said.
“The kind of aggressive stance the government has taken to keep the prices under control, and while they would rise to Rs 80 or Rs 100, it is around Rs 30 to Rs 32,” she said.
On the Leader of the Opposition post (LOP) controversy, the BJP MP said, “The people of this country have not given the mandate (for the Congress) to lay claim to LOP post. Now, Parliament itself will not grant right which the people of this country had not given.”
The Congress is not eligible as it does not have the required 10 per cent (55 seats) in the 543-member Lok Sabha, Lekhi said. “The Congress has only 44 seats,” she added.
“What is so special about LOP which they (Congress) are fighting for because when Jawaharlal Nehru was the PM there were instances where there was no LOP. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi did not appoint any LOP. Then what LOP they are talking about?” she questioned.
In a setback to Congress which has been fighting for the Leader of Opposition post, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has opined that it is not eligible and there is no precedent since the days of the first Lok Sabha to grant the post to a party which does not have the minimum required MPs.
Lashing out at the Congress, Lekhi said “Only when they (Congress) are in Opposition they know what is right and what is wrong, and when they are in government they flout rules and laws,” she added.