Centre blames Cong's negative politics for Parliament impasse

Apr 07, 2018, 01:26
Centre blames Cong's negative politics for Parliament impasse

For the first time, Congress leaders stayed away from tea hosted by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan this morning, protesting against the way the disruptions in the house were handled.

Congress and BJP members traded charges over the near washout of the Budget Session as the proceedings of the LokSabha were disrupted for the 21st consecutive day.

Accusing the Congress of paralysing Parliament, NDA MPs on Wednesday night had announced not to accept salaries and other allowances for 23 days of the resumed Budget session that was completely washed out due to protests by various parties.

On Thursday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar reiterated - despite NDA ally Shiv Sena openly taking exception to the BJP's position - that the "BJP and NDA MPs would not draw their salaries and perks for 23 days".

At a press conference here, Union minister Ananth Kumar quoted Modi as having accused the Opposition, especially the Congress, of practising "divisive and negative" politics.

"Congress has always been sitting patiently and requesting a discussion".

In another indication of the NDA allies not being on the same page with the BJP, Kushwaha said the Dalit agitation was a spontaneous people's movement even as BJP chief Amit Shah claimed it had been a pattern to fan such protests on the eve of each elections.

However, while announcing the decision to relinquish their pay, Kumar blamed the Congress for causing ruckus in both the houses.

Senior RSP leader NK Premachandran told BusinessLine that the way House was not allowed to function by the Centre was unprecedented in history. Yesterday opposition also staged protest a protest near the Gandhi statue outside Parliament over several issues, including farm distress, PNB scam, farmer crisis, no-confidence motion, SC/ST Protection Act and disinvestment of Air India. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kumar said he has reached out to all allies and their MPs would surrender their salary and allowances. The budget session of the parliament is ending today.

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