Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said “it was UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s writ that ran in the Lower House” and that she instigated her MPs to disrupt the BJP leader’s speech, “barely two minutes after she had begun it”.
Asked if she was feeling “let down” by Sonia, with whom she had established a cordial working relationship, Sushma said: “Yes, most definitely. I do feel let down by the UPA chairperson’s behaviour”.
Sushma said all this happened when it was already decided a day earlier at the Business Advisory Committee meeting that she would speak for some time on the BJP had been agitating in Parliament and then let the financial legislation be passed. Sushma said even Speaker Meira Kumar, who should have ideally prevented the Congress members from disrupting the speech, asked her to wind up it. She said her party would henceforth not attend any meeting called by the Speaker or Parliamentary Affairs Minister, and that the decision was taken owing to the government’s attitude in the Rajya Sabha. “Yes, there’s a situation of total breakdown and it’s the UPA alone that is responsible for it,” she said.
Given the party’s latest stand, there’s no possibility of the government being able to pass social security Bills in the current session. “The ball is in the court of the Speaker and the government. They have to take the initiative to break the deadlock,” Sushma said.
Sushma said “this was only the latest in a series of such incidents where Sonia had instigated her fellow MPs to target Opposition leaders. But today it crossed all limits”. She went on to accuse the Congress president of having little faith in democratic traditions, and she added that the government was fiddling with various institutions. She listed the CAG, PAC, JPC among those institutions which the Congress “tried to fiddle with”.