The acrimonious Monsoon session of the Parliament came to an end with Congress party-led Opposition group and BJP-led NDA government holding protest against each other, even outside the Parliament. While Congress members continued their protest against the incumbent Modi government over Lalit Modi controversy and ‘Vyapam’ scam, the ruling combine NDA took a protest march against Congress party’s “disruptions” throughout the session.
It was the opposition party which launched their protest first. Led by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, the party members assembled at Gandhi statue carrying placards and raising slogans against the Modi government.
“Many people think Modi ji has guts, some people say he doesn’t. If you don’t bring back Lalit Modi, if you continue to allow these people to defend Lalit Modi the way Sushma ji did… We have to understood that this Prime Minister gets scared,” said Rahul Gandhi taking on the PM Modi.
Rahul Gandhi also seized upon the occasion to reject the defence put forth by Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj over Lalit Modi controversy yesterday. Countering her allegations against his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi about the Bofors case, he said, “Judicial system has cleared Rajiv Gandhi, but they are repeatedly raking it up for last 30 years”.
The Congress party vice president also asserted that his party would keep up pressure on the issue and will not back down. Members of the Left front and the Trinamool Congress also joined the protest in Parliament complex.
While the opposition members were slugging it out at the Gandhi statue, few meters away Prime Minister held a meeting of BJP lawmakers and NDA constituents inside the Parliament library complex deliberating the future course of action to take on the opposition, and essentially the Congress party.
“Congress is desperate as it wants power to remain concentrated with one family,” the Prime Minister said addressing the NDA MPs.
The meet ended with NDA Parliamentary Party passing the resolution against disruptions by Congress in Parliament. The ruling combine also claimed to launch a campaign aiming at exposing the Congress party “before public”. Soon after the meeting, the NDA members came out and took a protest march from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhawan calling it a ‘Save Democracy’ march.
Union ministers Jitendra Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani and Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari and several other MPs participated in the protest march. Senior leaders LK Advani and Rajnath Singh too joined the protest little later.
Later in the day, Union Finance minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley held a presser to apprise about the protest march.
“Ours wasn’t a protest march but an attempt to highlight that one can’t have disruption without a cause,” said Arun Jaitley.
(With inputs from the PTI)