New Delhi : The war of words between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress got further intensified outside Parliament on Monday, with Finance Minister and leader of the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley accusing the latter of deliberately hurting the economy. “The Congress wants India”s growth story to suffer. It is my specific charge against the Congress party that it wants to hurt India”s economy.
The entire drama of targeting Sushma ji is just aimed at delaying the GST bill. It is clear that the Congress has decided not to let the GST bill be passed in Parliament in this session,” he charged while speaking to the media.
On the other hand, making a climb down of sorts from his party”s demand of “no resignation, no discussion,” Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that they would let the house function if the external affairs minister discloses the amount of money received by her family from Lalit Modi.
“There have been clear financial transactions that have taken place between Lalit Modi and Sushma Swaraj”s family. Please explain to the country and the people of India, how much money of Lalit Modi has come into your bank account and that of your family. Please simply disclose this and the House will function ” he said, adding that they want a discussion in parliament, but also want their questions to be answered.
The Congress vice president said that they also wanted that parliament must function. “ But, we have raised a basic issue. We have said, and I have said it three times, Sushma Swaraj ji, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh have carried out in some cases illegal acts. In Madhya Pradesh, there are murders happening and our Prime Minister does not feel it necessary to comment on them.”, he said.
In the context of Narendra Modi”s praise for Scindia and Chauhan on Sunday at a public meeting, the Congress vice-president added:”He praises the Chief Ministers. He completely ignores the fact that the future of thousands of people in Madhya Pradesh has been destroyed by his Chief Minister. He completely ignores the fact that there is a business relationship between a criminal and his Chief Minister of Rajasthan.”
This exchange took place after the 25 Congress MPs suspended from the Lok Sabha last week for their misconduct had returned to the house but the proceedings remained as chaotic without any change. Repeated pleas by union minister for parliamentary affairs M Venkaiah Naidu to the opposition to cooperate in the passage of the bills also yielded no response. After an all party meeting held at the initiative of Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Jaitley observed: “ In today”s all-party meeting everyone except Congress wanted the parliament to run.” He also took a dim view of the Congress vice-president”s demands against the external affairs minister arguing that anybody can make such “unfounded” allegations.