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Govt using Juvenile Bill to deflect attention from DDCA: Congress

The Congress party has accused the government of playing “brazen mischief” by proposing to bring on Monday the unlisted Juvenile Justice Bill in Rajya Sabha, alleging it was to “defame the opposition” and divert attention from the DDCA issue.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2015 18:24 IST
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on December 21, 2015.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on December 21, 2015.(PTI Photo)

The Congress party has accused the government of playing “brazen mischief” by proposing to bring on Monday the unlisted Juvenile Justice Bill in Rajya Sabha, alleging it was to “defame the opposition” and divert attention from the DDCA issue.

“Let them not do this mischief. This is a total brazen mischief on the part of the government.... This is only to divert the attention of the opposition from raising other issues, about DDCA,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said after Congress disrupted proceedings in both the Houses demanding the resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for alleged graft in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

Asked if Congress will support the bill, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said, “Yes, we have said bring it tomorrow. Let them bring it tomorrow.”

He added that supporting it is not the question. “The question is it should come before the House. There are 27 opposition parties and we will discuss it tomorrow,” he said.

Azad accused the government of making a “clever” attempt to defame the opposition.

“You see the cleverness. This is called cleverness. Bring it tomorrow because it is not listed. It is an after-thought.

“This is only to divert the attention of the opposition from raising other issues, about DDCA, so that we do not raise the DDCA issue. Bring the Juvenile Justice Bill, so that they will be abused left and right by mediapersons. Please don’t get into that trap,” he said outside Parliament.

The Leader of Opposition said he told the government at the all-party meeting to bring this Bill before the House, but it was not listed in Monday’s business.

“Now it is an after-thought, so that the opposition does not rake up the issue of the Finance Minister. So they said it is OK we will bring up this bill and pass this also. Just to defame the opposition,” he said.

Asking government to bring the Juvenile Justice bill on Tuesday, Azad said the SC/ST Bill should be brought on Monday as it is listed. He said whatever is listed on Monday in the original list will be passed and asked for bringing the Juvenile Justice bill on Tuesday.

The Juvenile Justice Bill was included in supplementary list of business on Monday.