Govt 'avoiding' Parl session in view of Gujarat polls

Marsha Scott
November 22, 2017

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the Congress had no issues left and hence was raising this bogey against the government.

THE CONGRESS on Tuesday stepped up its attack on the delay in convening the Winter Session of Parliament, accusing the government of betraying the Constitutional mandate of subjecting itself to Parliamentary oversight, even as the BJP invoked the Emergency to argue that the Congress had originally belittled Parliamentary dignity.

He said the government is trying to evade and avoid accountability in Parliament "on its acts of ommission and commission".

Refuting the comments of the Congress chief, Jaitley said: "The Congress has given the most corrupt government in its ten years of rule, while Narendra Modi has given the most honest government".

"We are surprised at the Congress' sudden respect for dignity of Parliament".

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Taking a dig at the Congress, another Union minister Ravishankar Prasad said "It is really surprising to see that Congress is so keen to uphold the sanctity of the Parliament".

The Winter session of Parliament usually starts in the third week of November and lasts until the third week of December. "The government wanted debate on demonetisation and other issues like GST and surgical strikes. Congress' record is well known", he said.

On allegations by Azad that Modi uses Defence Ministry planes and helicopters for election campaigning, he said: "If Indira Gandhi uses defence planes or helicopters for election purposes, it's okay".

He said, "The truth does not go away because you hide from it. Modi ji, stop hiding and open the Parliament so the truth of what you did on Rafale can be heard by the nation". In 2003, under prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the session began a day after the votes were cast for the Rajasthan Assembly elections on December 1. Only one man knows and they call him Brahma, the creator.

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