At a time when large crowds are marching to Ramlila Maidan to participate in social activist Anna Hazare’s protest, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders will seek to make the most of the situation by pushing for a discussion on corruption under Parliamentary rules that do not entail voting. This was decided at a meeting of NDA to work out the strategy for Parliament as it opens after a long weekend marked by increasing support for Hazare.
NDA convenor and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav and senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and SS Ahluwalia were present at the meeting.
“We have decided that we will push for a debate on corruption under Rule 193, in which we will launch attacks on the government over various scams that have plagued the nation,” NDA convenor and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav told HT.
While sources said a demand for suspension of the Question Hour was also on the cards, a senior BJP leader said this would be decided on Tuesday.
Sources said the idea was to debate and corner the government, and bring the focus back on the alleged role of chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit in the Commonwealth Games-related scams, and Congress bigwigs at the centre. Some in the NDA feel that while the Hazare protest has attracted all attention, their attacks on specific scams need to be brought back into focus in Parliament.
The NDA has no immediate plan of Bharat Bandh on corruption and “police atrocities”, as it had thought of last week. It will also not be part of Left dharnas on Tuesday. We have anyway been on the streets all along, said an NDA leader.
Meanwhile, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar also met top NDA leaders and is believed to have informed them about Anna Hazare’s health and the latest in the campaign, including some back channel talks.
The NDA notices for a discussion on corruption — that were sent to the Speaker early in the session — highlighted the public concern over corruption and called for identification and punishment of the corrupt, without actually taking any names.