Congress disrupted the proceedings in the Upper House and forced multiple adjournments on Monday morning in protest of PM Modi’s remarks against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Congress members shouted slogans against the Prime Minister in the Well of the House demanding his presence in the House to substantiate the claims that he made against Gandhi in connection with the AgustaWestland case.
On Sunday, while addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu, PM Modi hit out at the Congress by claiming that the Italian court had indicted Mrs. Gandhi for receiving kickbacks in the multi-crore VVIP chopper deal scam.
“The Prime Minister should come to the House and substantiate the statement he has made…or he must withdraw his statement and issue an apology,” demanded Anand Sharma, Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha.
“How can the Prime Minister make such allegations when Defence Minister had not stated this in his reply to debates on the controversy in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha last week”, argued Sharma.
“BJP is making it an election issue to malign the Congress in the AgustaWestland case,” said Leader of the Congress in the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad while citing a newspaper report.
“What can the Chair do? The Prime Minister has said it outside the House…it’s a political speech… The Chair cannot take cognizance of it,” said Deputy Chairman of the House, PJ Kurien.
Anand Sharma went on to state that the PM violated the dignity of the Rajya Sabha by making a statement on the AgustaWestland case outside the Parliament when House was in session and the same issue was being discussed by both the Houses of Parliament.
“He (PM) must withdraw statement or come to the House to explain…the PM is empting the investigation by the CBI since the CBI reports to him,” said Sharma amid loud protests.
“The PM has made a statement which contradicts what the government has said in this House. When Parliament is in session, he has to make the statement in the House. He has violated the dignity of the House,” he added.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stood up to object to the slogans raised against PM Modi by the Congress members.
Protesting Congress members disregarded the Minister’s objection and continued loud sloganeering against the Prime Minister which led to multiple adjournments in the House.
The Lok Sabha too, Congress members raised the same issue. Congress Leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge protested against the PM’s statement and said it was a serious issue and that the party might be forced to move privilege motion against the Prime Minister.
(With inputs from PTI)