Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday described repeated disruptions in Parliament as a “matter of sorrow” after Congress MPs paralysed both Houses with noisy protests, alleging politics of vengeance by the BJP-led government over the National Herald case.
Modi was visibly upset with the Opposition party’s unrelenting protests after a Delhi court asked Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and 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.
“Democracy cannot function at the whims and fancies of anyone,” the Prime Minister said.
Repeated adjournments of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have stymied the government’s efforts to push key reforms, especially the goods and services tax bill, this winter session.
“It is not only GST but many pro-poor steps are stuck in Parliament,” Modi said.
His remarks came after the BJP dared the Opposition for a debate on the National Herald case.
Party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao launched a direct attack on the Gandhi family. “Let us get an opportunity to expose the Congress … how they are actually holding Parliament to ransom for their own political and personal freedom and interest,” he told ANI.
He called the Congress “irresponsible” and accused it of mortgaging national interest “for the sake of protecting yourselves from the clutches of law”.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday was to discuss the drought situation across the country, besides passing several bills.
In the Rajya Sabha, where the Opposition outnumbers the NDA in strength, bills such as the one for protection of whistle-blowers as well as another for juvenile justice, were on the day’s agenda along with a short discussion on the situation arising out of growing intolerance.
The morning session in the Upper House was a washout because of protests by the Opposition.