No compromise with opposition for smooth monsoon session: Naqvi

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government will not compromise on any issue or “strike a deal” with the opposition for assuring a smooth monsoon session of parliament later this month.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told IANS that the government was prepared to counter any Opposition offensive related to the ongoing controversies.

The Opposition, armed with the Vyapam scam, the Lalit Modi issue, the controversies over the corruption charge on Maharashtra minister Pankaja Munde and the educational claims of Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, is in no mood to allow the government to divert the nation’s attention.

“Congress party will raise all these issues in Parliament including the resignations of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, EAM Sushma Swaraj, Maharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde and the Madhya Pradesh chief minister,” said Congress spokesperson R.P.N. Singh here on Wednesday.

Speaking to IANS, Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed also asserted that Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhra Raje must go. “They should resign as there are serious allegations against them. Let them prove their innocence, but for now they must resign and allow the matter to be probed in a good manner”.

Ahmed said the Congress would not disrupt the parliamentary proceedings during the upcoming monsoon session, but the central government should ensure the tainted leaders resign.

“We fully understand that parliamentary business is very important for the country, but if the BJP does not drop these two leaders (Swaraj and Raje), then we would not have any option but to raise the issue in the House,” Ahmed added.

Expressing similar sentiments, CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat said corruption or allegations of corruption are a “serious matter” which need to be probed and the tainted leaders made to step down.

“Why is Prime Minister Narendra Modi silent on it? People would like him to speak (on the issue). He does ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Should have addressed this (issue) as well,” Karat told IANS over the phone.

When asked about the BJP’s own protests in Parliament that stalled proceedings during the UPA-II rule, Naqvi said the Opposition then raised solid issues of national importance, not frivolous ones. “Matters like 2G scam, coal scam and others had to be raised. We just wanted the government of the day to be responsible,” he said. He said what the Congress party was doing now was “confusing and contradictory”.

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