All-party meet ends in deadlock over Lalit, Vyapam controversies
New Delhi: An all-party
meeting called in Delhi on the eve of the Monsoon Session on Monday ended in a
deadlock over controversies related to Lalit Modi and Vyapam scam.
Leader of Opposition
Ghulam Nabi Azad, however, insisted that the resignation of ministers should
take place for smooth running of the House in the Monsoon Session and accused
the government of having a “thick skin” of the issues of corruption.
Condemning the trail of
deaths in the Vyapam scam, Azad wondered does the government think it was being
done “by ISI of Pakistan, or some terrorists or naxals here”.
The Congress also
demanded a statement from the Prime Minister in the Parliament on the Lalit
Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam asking the BJP to walk the talk on
corruption in light of promises it had made in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls
The party had on Sunday
firmly put the onus on the government for smooth running of the Parliament by
demanding a “minimum action” in removal of Swaraj, Raje and Chouhan.
Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said the ministers must go. Though the
government expressed happiness at “most parties not endorsing” Congress’ call
for disrupting the Parliament, indications were not very positive for it.
“Whenever such a
meeting is called, everybody talks about the smooth functioning of the
Parliament. Everybody says that the House will run but exactly the opposite
happens in practice. I don’t think it will be all right in the House,” the SP
leader Ramgopal Yadav said.
Pointing towards rainy
clouds, Yadav said in a tongue in cheek remark, “it is the Monsoon Session and
the weather appears bad from now itself.”
Asked about Modi’s
remarks expressing agreement with his views on the land bill, he said that the
Samajwadi Party was not in agreement with the amendments done in the land bill.
“If the government withdraws them, then something may work out. Right now they
have already made a number of amendments on which our party cannot agree.”
JD (U) President Sharad
Yadav said while the Parliament should run, it depends upon day-to-day
confabulations between the government and the Opposition. He said among other
issues, JD (U) would raise the Vyapam and the Lalit Modi row.
Rejecting the NDA’s
land bill, he said, “We do not accept it. The Land bill is against the nation’s
interests. All parties in the Parliament will be united on this issue.”
Making a brief
appearance at the meeting called by Naidu, the Prime Minister said all
political parties should move forward collectively on issues discussed in the
last session while keeping the country’s interest as paramount in mind.
legislations like the land bill, the GST bill and the real estate bill pending
before the Parliament, the government is seeking the support of all parties in
their early passage.
Modi said the Monsoon
Session was short and hence its time needs to be utilised for debating
important issues, for which the government was ready.