New Delhi: Mounting pressure on the government, Congress on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan if he was interested in running the Monsoon Session of Parliament smoothly.
Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the running of the Parliament and passage of important bills during the Monsoon Session will be "more easy" if the BJP takes action against these leaders while it will also help BJP in "correcting" its image which has taken a hit due to the scams.
"The minimum action is removal all those, particularly the three, who are involved in Lalitgate, including Rajasthan chief Minister, other MP and Union Minister and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and two ministers of Maharasthra," Azad told reporters when asked what is the minimum action by the Prime Minister which will satisfy his party.
He expressed hope that the way the top leadership of BJP has summoned chief ministers of both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, resignation will be sought from the leaders.
"I am hopeful that when the Parliament session starts day after, Prime Minister will start by saying that those involved or those on whom charges have been levelled in Lalitgate as well as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister under whose leadership dozens of witnesses have been killed and thousands have got degrees in such a manner, he (PM) will announce their resignation," he said.
Noting that the running of the Parliament is not upto the opposition, Azad said that Congress, which is a responsible party believes that laws which are beneficial for people should be passed..
"If the BJP takes action in the one or two days, in my opinion running of the Parliament will be more easy and passing of bills will be more easy. It will also be an opportunity for correction for both BJP's leadership and its image which has been dented in their 15 month rule," he said.
Azad said that it was upto Prime Minister Narendra Modi to decide whether the monsoon session of the Parliament will run or not.
"...It is the work of the government to respect the demand of the opposition, take them into confidence and fulfill their demands. It is 100 per cent in the hands of government and Prime Minister has to decide whether Parliament will run or not," he said.