BJP meet decides ‘no resignation of ministers’, sets tone for stormy Monsoon session
New Delhi: Setting
the tone for the upcoming Monsoon session, BJP on Sunday decided against being
defensive over the controversies related to Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and
Shivraj Singh Chouhan and would brazen it out in Parliament which is set to be
stormy over these issues.
BJP chief Amit Shah
held strategy meetings with various party colleagues, including Union ministers
Arun Jaitley, Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal as
well as party spokespersons during which Raje, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan,
was also present.
Making it evident that
there will be no resignations, the meeting discussed how to counter the
opposition attack in Parliament during the session beginning on Tuesday and
harmonising of the response of the government and the party on these issues,
Congress has threatened
to disrupt Parliament if its demands for ouster of Raje, External Affairs
Minister Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Chouhan are not acceded to.
Raje is under attack
for her links with former IPL chairman Lalit Modi who is facing ED probe.
Swaraj is also accused of helping Lalit Modi. Chouhan is under the opposition
fire in Madhya Pradesh Vyapam scam.
BJP does not want to be
seen on the defensive on the controversial issues plaguing the party for the
last few months, the sources said.
Besides pressing for
removal of Swaraj, the opposition has indicated that it will also target HRD
Minister Smriti Irani, who is facing charges related to an educational
Minister Raman Singh may also be targeted in connection with a rice scam.
The ruling BJP, on its
part, is likely to train its guns on Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra
Singh of Congress, who is embroiled in a disproportionate assets case.
In an indication of the
challenges his government is likely to face in Parliament, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has convened the maiden meeting of all NDA constituents tomorrow
to deliberate the strategy to counter the opposition.
Before meeting the
allies at his residence, Modi may also attend two separate all-party meetings
called by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker
Sumitra Mahajan to discuss ways to ensure a smooth session.