PM Modi to meet NDA allies ahead of monsoon session

RSTV Bureau

modi_parliamentPrime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a meeting with all the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) parties on Monday, the eve of the monsoon session of Parliament.

The meeting is going to set the government’s strategy to counter Opposition’s attack on two big issues – the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh.

Opposition parties are set to target the government on these issues, and not let the Parliament function. The Opposition is gunning for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Raje and Swaraj’s names have cropped up in the Lalit Modi row as they allegedly helped Lalit Modi obtain travel documents.

In the Vyapam scam, BJP led Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s government in Madhya Pradesh is on a back foot. Massive irregularities have been unearthed in various professional examinations and government job tests conducted by Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board or ‘Vyapam’.

This is the first time PM Modi has called a meet of the ruling alliance since he came to power in May 2014.

The BJP has made it clear that it will not be on the defensive and instead have an aggressive strategy to counter Opposition’s charges. The party plans to rake up controversies related to Congress leaders.

Two days ago, while speaking at a public function in Jammu and Kashmir, PM Narendra Modi had hinted at a fitting contest in Parliament.

“We are all sitting here (including Ghulam Nabi Azad), but just wait to see the ‘muqabla’ (contest) we will have in some days,” PM Modi said at the event where the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad was also present.

On Sunday, Azad said that the running of Parliament and the passage of important bills will be “more easy” if BJP takes action against its tainted leaders.

“I am hopeful that when the Parliament session starts day after, Prime Minister will start by saying that those involved or those on whom charges have been levelled in Lalitgate as well as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister…, he (PM) will announce their resignation,” said Azad.

While the BJP-led NDA commands a sizeable majority in the Lok Sabha, it lacks numbers in the Upper House where opposition Congress is the largest party and holds the key to passage of important legislations, including Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill and Land Acquisition Bill.

The Opposition also plans to raise other issues like the caste census and the issue of union minister Smriti Irani’s educational qualifications.

Congress has called for a nation-wide agitation on July 22 against the government for failing to fulfill electoral promises.

On the other hand, PM Modi, after meeting the NDA allies, will meet the party’s Parliamentary Executive to firm up the strategies.

In the last couple of days, BJP President Amit Shah held multiple meetings with several senior party leaders including union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal. CMs Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan were also present in some of the meetings.