New Delhi | Government today hit back at Congress after Sonia Gandhi called the suspension of 25 party MPs from the Lok Sabha murder of democracy, saying there was no democracy in the DNA of the Opposition party which is ruled by maa-beta (mother-son).
Union minister Prakash Javadekar also blamed the Congress chief and party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi for the disruption of monsoon session of Parliament and alleged that the Opposition party was driven by ineptitude and its jealousy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s successes.
He told reporters that Modi will speak in Parliament if the Opposition allows its work and cited several instances of the government making efforts to break the impasse to claim that the treasury benches were reaching out but Congress was backing out. Sonia and Rahul Gandhi are squarely responsible for the logjam.
The Speaker’s decision to suspend 25 members is right, he said as he cited the use of marshals in the House to remove eight Samajwadi Party members, who were protesting against the Women Reservation Bill, and other instances during the Congress governments to hit out at the party.
I am surprised that Congress is talking about democracy. The whole party is undemocratic. To see it use the language of democracy is like satan reading the Bible. There is no democracy in its DNA. Even today mother is the party president and son is its vice-president, Javadekar said. The Congress should believe in parliamentary democracy, he said and asked the Opposition party to shun its bravado and start debates in Parliament.
Highlighting similar incidents of suspensions when Congress ruled the Centre, Javadekar said that the then speakers had suspended 16, 9, 8 and 63 members from the Lok Sabha in February 2014, September 2013, August 2013, April 2012 and March 1989 for three to five days. He also raked up the Emergency excesses to attack Congress.
Rejecting Congress’s demand for the resignations of three BJP leaders as it had sacked its ministers facing serious charges under the UPA rule, he said there were FIRs, critical judicial interventions and CAG reports in those cases while there was nothing against Union minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers.
Noting that a former Goa chief minister was on the verge of arrest and Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand chief ministers, all from Congress, were facing serious charges, Javadekar said Rahul Gandhi was looking at the small issues concerning others but not the grave allegations facing his party leaders.
They think they are born to rule forever. It is because of their jealousy and ineptitude that they are doing this, he said. In a lighter vain, the Union minister said a few times that we have suspended Congress members and once asked if the government would make a demand for similar action against Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha, his reply was, we do not make such demands publicly.
Earlier in the day, BJP parliamentary party accused Congress of being a destructive opposition and passed a resolution against its obstructionist and anti-development policies.
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