Cong wanted to block GST Bill, Swaraj row was an excuse: Parrikar

  • None, Dehradun
  • Updated: Aug 14, 2015 18:55 IST

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday alleged Congress' main "gameplan" behind disrupting Parliament was to block the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which, if passed, would have given a major boost to the country's economy and put a stop to black money generation, according to him.

Holding Congress responsible for the wash-out of the entire monsoon session, he said, "The clamour for Sushma Swaraj's resignation was just an excuse. Congress's main gameplan behind disrupting Parliament was to block the GST and thereby block the country's economic growth."

"A uniform taxation system like the GST would have put brakes on black money generation and boosted the country's economy which the Congress did not want as it would have been another feather in the cap of Narendra Modi government which is doing well on economic and defence fronts," Parrikar told reporters at a press conference in Delhradun.

Parrikar said, "Decisions are being taken and things are on the move."

The positive indications that are going out of the country under Narendra Modi's leadership has not gone down well with the Congress, he further alleged.

Congress is still not been able to swallow its rout in the Lok Sabha polls last year, he said, adding the party that without power is like a spoilt child whose "favourite toy has been snatched away".

The conference was held as part of the party's programme to expose the Opposition over virtual wash-out of Parliament's month-long monsoon session.

The BJP leader also accused the previous UPA government at the Centre of avoiding stern action against Lalit Modi.

"If the Congress-led government was serious about taking action against the former IPL boss it would have booked him under the money laundering act and not FEMA under which an offender can neither be declared an absconder nor served with a warrant," he said.

"By booking Lalit Modi under FEMA, the UPA was obviously shying away from acting tough against him and many others who were hand-in-glove with him.

"He was booked under FEMA in 2010 and the Congress was in power till 2014. Why wasn't any stern action initiated against the former IPL chairman all those years."

"If the UPA was serious about acting tough it would have initiated criminal proceedings against him under the Money Laundering Act and not FEMA," Parrikar said.

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