As Parliament stares at a stalemate or a complete washout over the stand-off between Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, their respective parties-the BJP and the Congress-traded charges against each other.
While hurling grave charges the BJP backed Swaraj, alleged that the LoP’s speech was disrupted and her microphone switched off by the Lok Sabha Speaker at Sonia Gandhi’s behest, from the Congress side just about everybody, from Ministers to Rahul Gandhi, hit out at Swaraj.
Minister of State, PMO, V Narayansamy accused the Leader of Opposition of “twisting facts’’ and hurting the sentiments of the UPA Chairperson. “She is upset with the way Leader of Opposition made statements. The UPA Chairperson did not instigate the Congress MPs to interrupt Sushma Swaraj’s speech,’’ he asserted.
Swaraj has accused Sonia Gandhi of subverting the democratic institutions by instigating the Congress members in the house to disrupt her speech. The BJP has decided to boycott all meetings called by the LS Speaker Meira Kumar and the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.
At a function held in Parliament on Wednesday, the Speaker said that the political parties should not create a situation where the functioning of parliament becomes impossible. The LS Speaker, however, refused to comment on Swaraj’s allegation nor did she want to react to BJP’s decision to boycott her.
In the meantime, Union Minister Kapil Sibal countercharged the main opposition party of not believing in the democratic procedure. Minister of State, HRD, Shashi Tharoor said, by not debating and discussing legislation and issues, the BJP was making a mockery of Parliament. The ruling side also pointed out that on numerous occasions the Prime Minister’s speech was interrupted.
BJP leader Yashwant Sinha defending Swaraj said that if Sonia Gandhi had given “10 minutes to Sushmaji-the heavens would not have fallen’’.