Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached out to non-Congress opposition parties that have tried to bring an end to the ongoing impasse in Parliament and thanked Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has distanced himself from the Congress' stand of not allowing the House to function.
"Some people are misusing Parliament to stop the pace of the country's growth," Modi said in a thinly veiled reference to the Congress at a weekly meeting of the BJP parliamentary party.
The Congress has triggered uproar in Parliament, demanding the resignation of foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje for allegedly helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi get UK travel documents. The Congress also wants the ouster of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the multi-crore Vyapam scandal.
The SP on Monday asked the Congress to allow a debate in Parliament on the issues it was raking up. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told Congress leaders to spell out their demand for breaking the logjam in the House, and allow the minister concerned and the government to answer.
On Tuesday, junior minister for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: "The Prime Minister has expressed his gratitude towards Mulayam Singh Yadav for his effort to break the logjam."
The treasury bench has listed the Constitution amendment bill relating to the Goods and Services Tax for discussion and passage in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The government has termed the GST rollout very crucial for the economy of the country, but the Congress and the Left have refused to reciprocate untill their demands were met.