Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday brushed aside Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dig at the opposition’s continuous disruption of the Parliament that “democracy cannot function at the whims and fancies of anyone” by saying he can say whatever he wants to.
“Let him say what he wants,” the Congress chief was quoted as saying by ANI.
PM Modi had on Thursday had said that repeated disruption of both houses of Parliament by Opposition was a “matter of sorrow” and that besides the GST Bill, many “pro-poor steps are stuck in Parliament” in what appeared to be his sharpest attack on the Congress since the winter session began two weeks ago.
Congress MPs have paralysed both Houses with noisy protests, alleging politics of vengeance by the BJP-led government over the National Herald case.
“You must have seen that these days that disruption is happening regularly. Meri marji . I will do whatever comes to my mind. Does the country run like this? Democracy does not function with ‘Mantantra’. The country does not run on its basis. Whatever you may think but the system does not run like this,” Modi had said.
Chaos reigned in Rajya Sabha on Friday as well with the Congress continuing to disrupt Parliament over the National Herald case, chanting slogans against the BJP and forced the House to be adjourned twice till 12 pm.
The principal opposition party has been protesting after a Delhi court asked Sonia and her son Rahul to appear before it on December 19 over BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s lawsuit accusing them of financial wrongdoing in taking control of the defunct National Herald newspaper.
The government’s efforts to push key reforms, especially the goods and services tax bill, this winter session has been stalled by the repeated adjournments of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
(With agency inputs)