On Monday, the beginning of the last week of the monsoon session, the Upper House failed to transact any business again. There were heated confrontations over the appointment of two Governors and the newly signed Naga peace accord. The Opposition slammed the government for not consulting the concerned states.
The Opposition cornered the government over the appointment of Governors in Bihar and Himachal Pradesh without keeping the state CMs in the loop.
On Saturday, Ram Nath Kovind and Acharya Dev Vrat were appointed as Governors of Bihar and Himachal Pradesh respectively.
JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi took on the government saying the government should not have flouted the tradition of keeping state chief ministers in the loop while appointing a Governor to the state.
Both leaders said that Bihar CM Nitish Kumar got to know about the news of a new Governor from the media. KC Tyagi also accused the government of practising double standards.
Congress Leader Anand Sharma, meanwhile, criticized the government over the Naga peace accord issue. Sharma clarified that state CMs were again not kept in the loop.
Earlier, the Leader of the House Arun Jaitley tried to justify the accusation regarding the Naga deal by saying that PM Modi had called a meeting of the north-east CMs but the Congress CMs had boycotted it. He also alleged that Congress CMs changed their stance on the peace accord.
“The CMs had initially welcomed the accord on twitter but were forced to withdraw it under pressure from central party leadership,” said Jaitley in the House.
Anand Sharma was quick to hit back saying that Nagaland CM TR Zeliang himself had come on record to say that he had no prior notice about the signing of the peace deal between the central government and NSCN-IM.
Sharma also slammed the government for keeping the details of the peace accord under wraps.
“Why have the details of the deal not been told to the House? Why has the Prime Minister not made a statement and informed the House?” questioned Sharma.
“New things are coming up…The concept of cooperative federalism has been demolished,” said the Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad.
The Opposition also accused the government of making no effort to end the Parliament logjam. And the ruling side hit back by saying that Congress was resorting to “disruption” as a determined strategy of not allowing Parliament to function.
Jaitley alleged that the disruption over External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was only a “pretext” and “the real reason was that they (Congress) do not want the GST Constitution Amendment Bill to get passed”.
The House was finally adjourned for the day in the post lunch session when the Opposition MPs led by the Congress again stormed into the Well of the House, just when the House had begun transacting business.