Poll | Will Cong, BJP war affect House business in future too?

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2015 14:51 IST
Congress MPs protest outside the Parliament during the Monsoon session. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Parliament's monsoon session ended on Thursday without clearing important bills and wasting most of its time on shouting matches between Congress and ruling alliance MPs.

The GST bill, India's biggest tax reform, is unlikely to meet its April 2016 deadline as a result of the washout. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday warded off an Opposition onslaught against her over the Lalit Modi controversy with piercing jibes at the Gandhi family.

Swaraj insisted she had not misused her office to help the former cricket magnate and, in a biting retort, pointed to the Bofors scandal of the 1980s in which prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and several other Congress politicians were implicated for allegedly receiving kickbacks.

"This is called quid pro quo," she said while she took a dig at the party's vice-president, Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi, however, rejected her claims of innocence and reiterated his charge that the minister and her family had taken money from former IPL chief Lalit Modi, whom he called a "symbol of black money".

In view of such bitterness, do you think Congress and BJP can do any business in Parliament? Vote and tell us.

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