War of words escalates between Congress and BJP

Rajat Kain

javadekarThe battle of words between the ruling BJP and the principal opposition Congress party has only intensified a day after Parliament’s Monsoon session ended. The crucial session, where the Modi government hoped to get key legislations through, was a complete washout with very little business transacted. Both the houses witnessed strong protest by the Congress and other opposition parties over the issues of Lalit Modi controversy and ‘Vyapam’ scam.

Both the national parties conducted pressers to put their point across. While Congress kept up its attack on the controversies, BJP strongly blamed Congress party for “stalling country’s growth”. The latter once again emphasised its keenness to get the GST bill passed, even hinting at the prospects of a special parliamentary session for the said purpose.

“Congress party didn’t allow the Parliament to function…it stands exposed. We will pass the GST bill at any cost,” said Union minister Prakash Javadekar.

The ruling party on Thursday had announced their elaborate plans to take on the opposition through pressers and public outreach, especially in the parliamentary constituencies of Congress and the Left parties.

“Placing the interests of Nehru-Gandhi family ahead of nation’s interest is an old habit of theirs,” MoS Information and Broadcasting RS Rathore said continuing BJP’s attack.

Shortly after the BJP’s press conference, Congress too addressed the press at their party headquarters in New Delhi. The party’s view was put forth by their leaders in both the houses of Parliament.

File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

“When the country can debate Modi Gate & Vyapam Scam for one month, then why can’t Parliament discuss that,” Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said stressing the Congress party’s stated position on the protest over the twin issues.

“We knew from the beginning that BJP does not believe in Democracy, but this session proved it… Who opposed the policies of Pandit Nehru? Who opposed Rajiv Gandhi’s tech policy? Who opposed Narasimha Rao? Manmohan Singh?” Mr Azad said making allegations against the ruling party.

“I just want to tell you that Lok Sabha could not function due to BJP. Since Day 1, we wanted adjournment motion under rule 56 of business standards and rules,” leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge added further to the litany of Congress’s response.

The two parties were continuing their cross protest which began with the end of acrimonious monsoon session on Thursday. In an unprecedented move, both the Opposition and the ruling party had held a protest march against each other outside the Parliament soon after the session was adjourned sine die.