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Politics
All-party meet ends in deadlock over Lalit, Vyapam controversies
21-07-2015

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 last year.

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.

Speaking separately, 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.

With important 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.