All Party Meet Fails to Break Parliament Logjam

However, a number of regional parties including TMC and BJD voiced anguish over continued disruption of the Houses.

Published: 03rd August 2015 04:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2015 04:27 PM   |  A+A-


Indian security personnel stand guard at the parliament in New Delhi | REUTERS


NEW DELHI: The all party meeting today failed to break the nearly fortnight-long deadlock in Parliament with Congress unrelenting on its demand for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP CMs Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and Government firmly rejecting it.      

However, a number of regional parties including Trinamool Congress and Biju Janta Dal voiced anguish over continued disruption of the Houses and asked the two national parties to resolve the matter to ensure that other issues are discussed in Parliament.            

JD(U) and Left parties, however, backed Congress in the meeting. "Outcome of the meeting is nil, we stand by our demand. Government wants to be the King and they expect the Opposition parties to behave like the subjects. Such things do not work in a democracy. Democracy is give and take.          

"Government has not taken any initiative. They want to pass bills. At the same time they do not want to take concerns raised by Opposition parties on board," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters after the all-party meet.          

The meeting saw the Congress upping the ante against the goverment after Congress President Sonia Gandhi set the tone for the party's strident line in a meeting of Congress Parliamentary Party earlier in the day.         

"Government came without any proposal. They did not have any suggestion and made only an appeal. The meeting was totally unproductive," CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury told reporters after the meeting.       

Rejecting Congress charge that Government was being arrogant in not listening to Opposition demands, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that the government has always "walked the extra mile" to accommodate Opposition's views and cited examples of referring GST and Real Estate Bills to Select Committee on the demand of Congress.           

While expressing Government's readiness to discuss any issue and offer intervention by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Naidu at the same time made it clear that there will be "no resignation" as the NDA ministers have done "nothing illegal or immoral".        

He also slammed the Congress for running a "campaign of calumny" against Swaraj, who he said is one of the "best performing ministers" of the government.

When asked by the Opposition members on what is the new thing the government was offering them, Naidu cited the offer of intervention by Modi during discussions.    

While the government claimed that Congress got isolated on its stand of "no resignation, no discussion" line, no sign of any chance of smooth functioning of Parliament emerged after the meeting. While Congress had the full backing of JD(U) and Left parties, Trinamool Congress, BJD, SP DMK and some other parties were keen that Parliament fuctioned.

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