NEW DELHI: A day after Congress president Sonia Gandhi attacked the Narendra Modi for his “silence” on key issues and reacted strongly on suspension of her party’s 25 MPs, the BJP hit back by passing a resolution in its parliamentary party meeting chaired by Prime Minister calling the opposition party “partisan, obstructionist and anti-development.”
The BJP said the Congress had no right to say use the term ‘black day of democracy’ on suspension of MPs, as when it was in power it imposed stringent emergency in the country suspending all rights.
“The BJP parliamentary party strongly condemns such narrow minded, partisan, obstructionist and anti-development approach of the Congress party which would have serious and long term adverse consequences for the country which is poised to emerge as a major economic global power.”
“The BJP parliamentary party is surprised that the Congress described the said suspension as a black day for democracy. It is ironical that the Congress Party has stifled democracy in the country through imposition of Emergency in 1975 and snatched the liberty and freedom of the citizens has the audacity to say so,” the BJP resolution said.
The BJP resolution cited past instances when Congress government suspended a large number of
MPs. “To cite one instance, 63 Opposition Members were suspended on March 15, 1989 for demanding tabling of Report of Justice Thakkar Commission on the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi,” the BJP said.
The BJP said the Congress was not able to digest its defeat which was forcing it to adopt “disruptive strategy.” The entire record of governance of the NDA government led by Narendra Modi is transparent, based upon probity and propriety and faster decision making in public interest without an iota of corruption,”
The resolution said the growing popularity of Modi government and the success of several initiatives has come to be an eye sore for the Congress. “it is in this context, the Congress Party, abdicating its Parliamentary responsibility of functioning as a constructive Opposition, has decided to resort to negative tactics in the Parliament, particularly, using its numerical strength in the Rajya Sabha.”
Congress refused to attend a meeting called by Finance Minister and Leader of Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and also declined the government's proposal for an all-party meet on July 31, the resolution said, accusing the opposition party of working with a "narrow political agenda".
"there is no ground for the resignation of Raje and Chouhan and the BJP Parliamentary Party is standing by them," the resolution, proposed by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and passed at the meeting, said.
The parliamentary party passed another resolution hailing Naga peace accord. It also took note of the efforts of successive governments which "crystalised" under the present dispensation.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke about the accord, signed yesterday, and his ministerial colleague Nirmala Sitharaman proposed it, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said told reporters adding that Jaitley spoke about the key reform bills like GST while Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu highlighted the "negative" Congress politics which has resulted in a washout of the Monsoon Session so far.
BJP President Amit Shah welcomed peace agreement between National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and Centre.
In statement issued here Shah congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on reaching the successful resolution of the six-decade-old Naga political problem.
Shah said that the successful reconciliation of the Naga problem is an another major achievement of the NDA government. “The permanent solution to the Naga problem would end the six-decade-old insurgency issue and the violent activities in the Northeast region. It will establish peace in the region which will create an environment of the investment and development there and it would pave the way of prosperity. Through it, the youth of the North-East especially Naga society will have better education and employment opportunities,” Shah added.