Ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament, due to begin next month, Congress party has dropped clear hints of taking on the Modi government. The principal opposition party is all set to raise the host of issues — failure at NSG, surge in terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s diatribe against the senior government officers – on the floor of the house.
Besides, the subjects of price rise, inflation, government’s economic performance and farm distress is likely to figure in the principal opposition party’s arsenal of attack on the Centre.
“Parliament will have an interesting session this time,” senior leader Kapil Sibal remarked.
The Congress leader targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi especially over India’s failure at the NSG meet, where China wrecked India’s chances to clinch the berth in elite-48 nation club.
“Our Prime Minister has no knowledge of diplomacy. It is not a Sound & Light show,” he said adding, “Foreign policy is done with a sense of maturity. Diplomacy is conducted in very silent, sober manner. But, we see none of that.”
Taking a dig at BJP-led NDA government’s diplomatic policy, the former Union minister questioned what was the point of saying Mexico and Switzerland were on India’s side?
Emphasising that 123 agreement with the US was achieved by India during the Congress-led UPA rule “without pomp and show” Sibal in a strong remark said, “Do not lower its image in the international community by light and sound shows.”
Shifting gears, the newly elected Rajya Sabha MP also raised the issue of terror strikes, the recent one in Pampore where 8 CRPF jawans were killed battling terrorists.
“…the product of Modi Government’s foreign policy is Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Pampore. That’s the reality on the ground,” Sibal told the press claiming further that 50 terrorists have crossed the Pakistan border in past five months.
Criticising Prime Minister Modi’s surprise Lahore visit in December 2015, Sibal also attacked the RSS for plans to hold Iftar parties.
“While our security forces are getting martyred, RSS is busy holding Iftar parties for Pakistani diplomats,” he said recalling the way Modi used to target the UPA on the issue.
However, one issue that has potential of overpowering every other criticism of the government is BJP’s in-house issues surrounding recently nominated Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy.
Swamy’s attack on RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, Chief Economic Secretary Arvind Subramanian and Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das has set panic amongst the flock. There were reports suggesting displeasure expressed by Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley’s displeasure over the whole episode.
While the Prime Minister attempted to close the issue, disapproving Swamy’s remarks, Congress will be keen to exploit the matter.
(With inputs from the Agencies)