In its fight against Centre, Cong to gherao Parliament

Rajat Kain

PM Narendra Modi-Sonia GandhiBeleaguered with latest attack on its apex leader Sonia Gandhi in VVIP chopper deal controversy and bruised with failure to keep its flock together which led to the imposition President’s rule in two states it ruled, the Congress party is gearing to slug it out again. The principal opposition party on Saturday announced its plan to ‘gherao’ the Parliament on May 6.

The Parliament is currently in session till May 13.

“We will gherao Parliament on May 6 on the issues relating to President’s rule in Uttarakhand, drought in the country and government’s deliberate lies on the issues,” Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala told the press in New Delhi.

The protest by Congress will be coming amid its wrangle with Modi government on the issue of controversy over AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal, which has given the latter a new reason to attack its frontal leadership – party president Sonia Gandhi and former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh.

The party, though, had been holding firm panning out counter-attack over the controversy questioning the Centre in turn.

“Will Amit Shah and BJP answer the people as to why the same ‘fraud company’ was permitted to be part of Prime Minister’s ‘Make-in-India’ programme and participate in ‘Aero India Exhibition’?”, Surjewala said while releasing purportedly related documents.

Another issue it will be slugging out is the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand, the state it hitherto ruled till March 27 but lost its grip after rebellion within.

uttarakhand-supremeThough, the matter is still pending before the Supreme Court, the party earlier got a fillip on the issue after Uttarakhand High Court quashed Centre’s imposition of President’s rule.

The High Court division bench of Chief Justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bist had last week set aside President’s rule in the state, restoring Harish Rawat back as the Chief Minister. However, the verdict was stayed within a day after Centre rushed Supreme Court filing plea against the HC decision.

The constitutional matter has since been morphed into a Congress-BJP slugfest with both bettering its attack against each other.

Another issue that the principal opposition party plans to raise in its gherao protest will be drought and farmer’s distress. The matter has assumed extremely large proposition with even Parliament taking up the issue after Opposition moved notice demanding discussion on the floor of the house.

Congress party, along with its ‘allies’ among the opposition, has alleged that Modi government is not serious about the drought situation in large parts of the central and north-west India that has resulted in farmer’s suicide in these region.

The Centre, on its part, rejected the allegations listing several initiatives it had taken to counter the situation.

But off late, the in-house discussion has seldom settled the narrative of political debate between the two sides.