All-out war: BJP says won’t do business with govt

Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj went on no holds barred attack on UPA chief Sonia Gandhi and Speaker Meira Kumar, dashing the government’s hopes to bring Parliament back on track.

The House has been facing disruptions for the past week over the JPC report on 2G scam and CBI report on the coal scam.

After a stormy day in Lok Sabha, which saw the BJP and other opposition parties walk out over Supreme Court observations that CBI breached its trust, Swaraj told reporters, “No more business with the government. We would not even attend any meeting called by the Speaker or parliamentary affairs minister from now on.”

The staunch stand came even after the Prime Minister said that he would look into the SC observations and parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath said the government was ready to discuss the issues.

Referring to interruptions during her speech in Lok Sabha, Swaraj alleged Sonia Gandhi was provoking Congress members against her in the House and also accused the Speaker of not protecting her against Congress’s interruptions.

The government flayed Swaraj for her remarks, asking BJP to adopt “constructive” approach. “To say that Sonia Gandhi instigates Congress members to create trouble is nothing but condemnable,” I&B minister Manish Tewari said.

Swaraj’s counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley also attacked the government’s ‘interference with CBI and the law offices’.


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