Congress president Rahul Gandhi led his party’s protest over the issue Rs 12,000 crores fraud in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Tuesday, his first such protest after the resumption of Parliament session. The Congress has been strongly criticising the government over the issue, and is even raising protest inside the house.
Holding placards and raising slogans near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Parliament house, the principal opposition party sought to corner the government demanding a statement from the Prime Minister in both the houses.
The party has been staging protests in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, disrupting proceedings in both the houses. Party leaders had also given adjournment motions to discuss the banking scams.
They demanded that government break their silence and come clean on issue. The Congress party has also been attacking the government as both the accused businessman – Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi – managed to flee even before the issue got in public domain.
The MPs were seen carrying placards alleging that the government was attempting to “save Nirav Modi”. Members of some Left parties also joined them later. They alleged that despite complaints being given to authorities, the accused managed to leave to country at ease with their families.
The ruling BJP has rejected the opposition’s allegations, claiming that the scam started when the Congress was in power.
Meanwhile, attacking the BJP-led NDA government on other front, Rahul Gandhi addressed a gathering at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on the issue of special status to Andhra Pradesh.
It is reported that a TDP contingent has also been holding protest at Jantar Mantar over the issue.
BJP-ally TDP, which is currently ruling Andhra Pradesh, has been demanding the implementation of status which would enable financial aid to the state, on the lines of assurance when the unified state was bifurcated in 2014 under the then UPA government.
Rahul Gandhi said that his party “fully supported the demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh”.
The issue has resonated in both the house of Parliament with members of TDP and YSRCP, another Andhra Pradesh based political party, demanding its implementation. Their protest have led to the adjournments in both the houses since it resumed with the second leg of Budget session on Monday.