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Belligerent govt, unrelenting Opp ensure washout of Parliament session

NEW DELHI: A belligerent government and an unrelenting Opposition in the Rajya Sabha ensured that the first day of the last week of Monsoon Session of Parliament was a washout.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad objected to the language used by ministers over the weekend against Congress leaders – MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had called Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi ‘Gunga Gudda’. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was upset about not being allowed to speak by unruly Congress members sloganeering in the well; the situation was aggravated when Congress MPs agreed to stop shouting in order to allow JD (U)’s KC Tyagi to speak. Jaitley immediately stood up to oppose the “selective blocking”.

“We cannot allow the House to be conducted in such a way that the government is not allowed to speak. Such selected blocking cannot go on,” Jaitley said. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien supported him. “This House is the property of everyone, selective blocking is not acceptable.”

Azad clarified that contrary to media reports, there has been no effort by the government to hold a meeting with the Congress to break the present deadlock. “There was one phone call from the minister for parliamentary affairs about the suspension of members in the Lok Sabha, nothing more,” he said.

Congress members in both Houses of Parliament have disrupted proceedings demanding resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for helping fallen IPL czar Lalit Modi and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan for alleged complicity in the Vyapam scam.

Azad also raised the issue of the Central government having kept the Nagaland chief minister in the dark about the Naga peace accord and its ministers targeting Congress leaders. Jaitley intervened and said that the government had made many attempts to resolve the impasse. “Congress CMs in the Northeast had welcomed the accord on Twitter but had to retract under pressure from the leadership,” he said.