Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed concern over the logjam in Parliament in the ongoing Winter session. Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have been witnessing strong protest by the members of Congress party over the National Herald issue, alleging “politics of vendetta”. The session is a crucial one for the incumbent who is seeking to push its economic agenda with the smooth passage of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill along with host of other legislation.
“It is a matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running…. Democracy cannot function at the whims and fancies of anyone,” PM Modi said at an event in New Delhi early today morning.
“It is not only GST but many pro-poor steps are stuck in Parliament,” the Prime Minister added. His statements were also shared by the Prime Minister’s Office on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
Both the houses saw acrimony with Rajya Sabha getting adjourned for the day after repeated protest by the Congress party members and the Lower House seeing protest over BJP member Virendra Singh’s remarks against top Congress leaders. Later, Congress and the TMC members staged a walkout from the house protesting against the MP’s controversial remarks.
Virendra Singh, BJP MP from Bhadoi in Uttar Pradesh, created controversy on Wednesday evening with his certain remarks against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Madhya Pradesh MP Jyotiraditya Scindhia. Those remarks were consequently expunged from the records after Congress party raised protest against it.
Raising the issue of his controversial remarks (which has since been expunged by the ruling from Lok Sabha Speaker), Congress party sought his apology moving adjournment motion against Singh.
“The member made derogatory and personal remarks. Strong action should be taken against him and he should apologise,” leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said.
As the Congress party MPs took to the Well of the house protesting, Union Parliamentary Affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu took exception and criticised them for disrupting the house.
“Any personal remarks are condemned,” said Naidu before alleging the Congress leaders of “hurling papers” at Deputy Speaker Thambidurai on Wednesday. “Should action not be taken against them?” he asked.
Meanwhile in Rajya Sabha, the continuous protest by the Congress party led to the final adjournment for the day after the house reconvened at 3:00 PM post several adjournments.
“I am sorry, our members are howling and shouting…. What can I do? I cannot take the bill. It is very unfortunate and sad state of affairs,” Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien summarised before calling it a day in the Upper House.
(With inputs from the PTI)