New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at Congress for “misusing” Parliament to stop the country’s growth and hailed SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for “understanding this conspiracy” and working to end the logjam in the House.
Addressing the last scheduled BJP parliamentary party meet in the Monsoon session, Modi spoke of “some people”, a reference to top Congress brass, who are working to stall economic growth, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters after the meeting.
“The Prime Minister said a message has gone out as the session draws to a close that there are some people who are using misusing Parliament to stop the pace of country’s development. Their main goal is to stop the economic growth.
“He expressed his gratitude to those, especially Muyalayam Singh Yadavji, and all those parties who have felt that this is a conspiracy to stop the country’s progress. He hailed them and asked the party and members to do so as well,” Rudy said quoting Modi.
The SP supremo yesterday broke ranks with the opposition which has been agitating in Parliament over the Lalit Modi row and the Vyapam scam, saying, “Enough is enough… We will not back you if you keep protesting.”
This came as a surprise to Congress as Yadav had last week extended his party’s support to Congress after 25 of its members were suspended by the Speaker. Congress had sarcastically dubbed the SP supremo as ‘Khudai Khidmatgar’, which implies that a person is more loyal than the king himself.
“If Yadav had any plan or was wanting to mediate, he should have talked to the Congress and should not have gone about the way he had gone,” a Congress leader had said.
Rudy said Modi also asked members to take up the promotion of social welfare and security schemes launched by his government as a campaign between Independence Day on August 15 and Rakshabandhan, which is later this month, as they can be of big help to the poor.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke about the GST bill, which the government is trying hard to pass in this session.
Modi said the pension and insurance schemes launched by the government and the Mudra bank can go a long way in helping the poor and asked members to promote these schemes in a big way among them.
BJP has singled out Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi for the impasse in both the Houses, saying not many leaders in the opposition parties want to stall work but the top leaders have been “stubborn”.
Cracks in Oppn over House logjam
New Delhi (DHNS): Barely a week after a show of unity, cracks in the Opposition ranks were out in the open on Monday when Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav told the Congress to call off the protests against the Centre.
The plain speak from Yadav at a meeting of leaders of various political parties convened by Lok Sabha (LS) Speaker Sumitra Mahajan half-way through the Question Hour took the Congress by surprise. Only last week, the SP stood by the Congress after the Speaker had suspended 25 of its members for five days and even boycotted the LS proceedings.
Emboldened by the SP stand, BJP chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal has given notice for a discussion on beleaguered former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi controversy under Rule 193 in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The discussion may be taken up at 2:00 pm.
In the Rajya Sabha, the government has listed the GST Bill for consideration and passing on Tuesday to give a message ahead of Bihar elections that it was serious in reviving the sagging economy. As Congress members trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans and waving placards, Yadav suddenly decided to play the role of the peacemaker between the main Opposition party and the government. “You call a meeting of all leaders right now and all this will stop,” the former defence minister told the Speaker.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi was seen saying “no” to party leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and gestured towards its members asking them to continue the protests.
After repeated requests from Yadav, the Speaker adjourned the House and leaders, including Kharge, Jyotiraditya Scinda and K C Venugopal, trooped into Mahajan’s chamber for talks.
At the meeting, the SP chief bluntly told the Congress leaders that he would not support the Congress if they continued their protests in the House. He argued that those making allegations and against whom the allegations were made have the right to speak in Parliament and explain their position to the people of the country.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Sudeep Bandyopadhyay also favoured a discussion on the IPL issue but as an adjournment motion and not under Rule 193 that does not entail voting. BJP floor managers claimed the Nationalist Congress Party, TMC and Rashtriya Janata Dal also supported the SP supremo and that the Congress was isolated during the meeting.
Since the monsoon session began on July 21, Congress members have been disrupting the proceeding with vociferous demands for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for helping Lalit Modi.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, too, is on the Congress radar in relation to the Vyapam scam.