New Delhi: After their bonhomie during the
passage of the nuclear liability bill, government and the BJP
were today back to sparring on the issue of achievements in
the just-concluded Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj claimed that the BJP
compelled the government to either "refer or defer"
legislations like Civil Nuclear Bill and Education Tribunal
She as also Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun
Jaitley charged the UPA regime of lacking in coordination and
"collective responsibility" and losing its grip on governance.
"For the government it was a refer and defer session. It
had to either refer or defer bills. When BJP supported they
had to refer the bill to us else they had to defer the bill.
"We succeeded in setting our agenda, putting forward our
stand and, when we did not get support of other parties we
remained unperturbed and stood our ground," Swaraj said.
Stung by its charge of poor floor management,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal hit back at the BJP
accusing it taking a U-turn on several issues.
"The main Opposition took a U-turn on several issues.
They said something else outside and something else in the
House (when some bills were taken up). I leave the definition
of floor management to them," he said.
Dismissing charges that the Congress was a divided House
as members spoke in different voices on issues like the
Education Tribunal Bill, he said 20 bills were passed in the
Lok Sabha and another 26 in the Rajya Sabha during the session
which speaks volumes of the floor management of the
He virtually dared the BJP to show whether so many bills
were passed during the NDA regime in any month-long session
despite the Congress taking a constructive approach in the
passage of the bills.
Jaitley defended the disruptions in Parliament, saying
that "parliamentary cooperation, parliamentary opposition and
to some extent parliamentary obstructionism are part of
legitimate parliamentary politics".
Bansal regretted that the session witnessed the Lok Sabha
losing 45 hours and the Rajya Sabha 35 hours due to
disruptions. He said what is of particular concern was that
the Question Hour could not be taken up for nine days
following uproar created by opposition on various issues.