NEW DELHI: Congress MPs forced a washout of the monsoon session, the BJP is sending its ministers and MPs for the retaliatory fire in the formers Lok Sabha constituencies.
For the next a few days, ministers along with two ruling party MPs each would embark on a campaign to hold rallies to target individual MPs for their “obstructionist” stance in parliament which derailed key reform bills like GST and even Land Bill.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani and planning minister Rao Inderjeet Singh will take on Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi on their home turfs of Amethi and Rae Bareli. Smriti will take on Rahul by visiting areas like Tiloi, Jagdishpur, Amethi, Gauriganj, where she would educate people as to how Congress was out to disrupt country’s progress. Inderjeet Singh, a former Congressman who joined BJP during the last elections, will be taking on his former boss, Sonia.
The BJP has planned man-to-man marking. For Karnataka, which elected nine Lok Sabha Congress MPs including its leader of the house Mallikarjun Kharge, the BJP has assigned Ayush minister Yesso Sripad Naik, textile minister Santosh Gangwar, food minister Niranjan Jyoti to hold rallies, press conferences targeting the opposition leaders.
“The idea is to educate people and build up public opinion on the Congress so that they realise their mistake in stalling the reform agenda of the government. Before other session is held, the pressure is being built on them,” a BJP functionary said.
Rajya Sabha that faced the maximum disruptions had productivity of merely 9 percent as against 103 percent during the previous budget session. As the government could not get GST Bill passed it is planning for a session in September to get it passed so that it can meet April 1, 2016 deadline for rolling out of the new tax regime.
In Rohtak, from where Congress MP Deepender Hooda comes will see another Jat leader and minister Sanjeev Balyan campaigning against him.
Ministers Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadaker will take on Congress MPs and former ministers Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia in their constituencies Chhindwara and Guna.
IN Kerala, ministers P Radhakrishnan, Bandaru Dattatreya, Rajeev Pratap Rudy and General VK Singh (retd) will be actively engaging with people to campaign against the Congress and the Left MPs. Both Congress and the nine Left MPs in the Lok Sabha had protested vociferoiulsy against the government. Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi party had changed stance and had supported discussion in the Lok Sabha, thus BJP has spared them in the current round of political attack.
Minister of State for Tribalk Affairs Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava will go to Hingoli in Maharashtra for Rajeev Satav, one of the key members of the Congress protests in the Lok Sabha.
IN the lower house, the key MPs in the Congress shouting brigade were Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev, Satav, Ranjeeta Ranjan, who kept up the tempo throughout the day shouting slogans in the well of the house during the just concluded session.
Ministers Dr Jitendra Singh, Sarbananda Sonowal and Mahesh Sharma will be in Assam holding conferences. For Tripura, Babul Supriyo will do the talking.
For West Bengal, the BJP is sending a four ministers team. Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, MoS I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore, MoS Finance Jayant Sinha, MoS Minorities Affairs Mukhtar Naqvi wlll campaign against four Congress MPs.
IN Punjab, BJP is also targeting AAP MP Bhagwant Mann who was also active against the NDA government during the Lok Sabha session. Along with Mann, Congress MPs Amarinder Singh, Santokh Chaudhary and Ravneet Bittu would witness Vijay ministers Sampla and ram Shanker Katheriya holding fort.