After a brief lull in the first half of the budget session, disruptions are back on the parliamentary menu. Key legislation such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill await clearance from the House, but the Congress-led Opposition -- which has a majority in the upper house -- has taken the disruptive route.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Tuesday gave a motion of suspension seeking suspension of Zero Hour to discuss the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue in the Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a three-line whip to all its MPs in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, asking them to be present in the Parliament till Friday. The Congress Party, on the other hand raised the Uttarakhand issue in the Rajya Sabha once again following which the House was adjourned till 12.
Here are the key issues the Congress has against the BJP:
1. Uttarakhand: The party is seething with anger over its government being dismissed by the Union government. While observers say it was a result of the Congress’ inability to rein in rebel MLAs, the party sees it as a BJP ploy to destabilise one Congress state government after another across the country. After Arunachal Pradesh, this was the second Congress government to be dismissed this year.
2. Ishrat Jahan: The alleged encounter-killing of the 19-year-old girl has remained a bone of contention between the Congress and the BJP for years. Even as the BJP targets the former UPA leadership for changes made to the second affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Congress has decided to take up the issue on the floor of the House. This and Uttarakhand are the biggest grouses that the Congress holds against the Union government.
3. Pakistan probe team: The Congress has always been critical of the NDA government’s alleged flip-flops on the Pakistan policy. Now, after the Centre allowed Pakistan to send a team to investigate the Pathankot attack, the Congress has found another reason to attack the ruling establishment. It has also questioned the outcome of the probe.
4. Communalisation of education institutes: Even during the Vajpayee rule, the Congress and other Opposition parties had been crying out against the alleged attempts to “saffronise education”. This time, following the incidents at JNU, Hyderabad University and Srinagar NIT, the Congress is accusing the BJP of trying to communalise academic institutes.