The Congress on Thursday alleged that defence minister Manohar Parrikar hid a criminal charge against him in his poll affidavit, mounting pressure on the NDA government which is already battling a string of controversies surrounding four high-profile ministers.
The party was also stepping up efforts to unite the opposition to corner the BJP, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been maintaining a studied silence on the first major political storm to hit the NDA government.
“What is the reason for PM Modi’s silence? Where is the transparency he had promised?” Congress leader Sachin Pilot asked.
The Congress lodged a complaint with the Election Commission on Parikkar’s affidavit for the Rajya Sabha election, alleging he did not reveal an FIR against him.
Senior leaders said the party was trying to galvanise the opposition, like the way it did over some of the NDA government’s controversial bills such as the one on land acquisition.
The Left, DMK, AAP and JD(U) were already on board, they said. But other parties, which have a significant presence in the Lok Sabha, were yet to join the Congress’s attack on the government.
“We are not joining the Congress chorus. We will take a position at an appropriate time,” said Bhartruhari Mahtab, the BJD’s Lok Sabha leader.
Sources said the Congress was in touch with the Trinamool Congress, BSP and Samajwadi Party to add to the Opposition’s firepower when Parliament opens for the monsoon session next month.
The party has announced that Parliament can’t function unless the scandal-hit leaders were shown the door.