Congress shedding crocodile tears on Food Bill: BJP

Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 15:25

Thiruvananthapuram: Hitting back at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for accusing the opposition of working against the poor by stalling food security bill, BJP on Monday said the ruling party was "shedding crocodile tears" while keeping mum on the issue of corruption.

"Congress is shedding crocodile tears and is not answering any of the questions on corruption raised by the Opposition," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman told reporters here.

She was responding to a question on Gandhi`s charge at a rally here on May 18 that Opposition parties were working against the interest of the poor by disrupting Parliament in recent budget session resulting in non-passage of the National Food Security Bill.

"I am sad that the opposition is acting against the interests of the poor Indian...I can understand politics. But I cannot understand political parties hurting the poor of the country," Gandhi had told the party rally.

Taking a pot-shot at Gandhi, Sitaraman wondered why he never visited Congress-ruled Andhra Pradesh, where three ministers resigned on corruption charges and Supreme Court had issued notice to six other ministers.

Rejecting the charge that opposition parties were responsible for disruption of Parliament, she said, "Congress mindset is to treat Opposition as enemies".

Opposition parties have the right to seek debate on matters concerning national interest and UPA-led by Congress was answerable to the questions raised, she said.

Noting that Union Ministers Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Kumar Bansal resigned after Parliament was "stalled for two days" and the session was over, she said, "If the Government had conceded the demand for their resignation when the session was on, Parliament would have functioned".

"It is the mindset of Congress that led to the disruption of Parliament and the blame has been pushed on to the Opposition," she said.

Similarly, the entire winter session of Parliament was also shut down by Congress when Opposition demanded a JPC on 2G scam. But, after the session, the government announced the constitution of JPC, Sitaraman said.

She criticised the Bharat Nirman campaign launched by the UPA-II, saying the Government should focus more on governance instead of going on an advertisement blitzkrieg.

"What is there to project as achievement of this government other than corruption?" she asked.

The government had not accounted for or fixed responsibility on any person for the scams that surfaced in the last two years, she said, adding it was "totally unacceptable" to carry out such a campaign with public funds.

"Instead of talking about achievements, it should first explain its failures on critical issues of inflation, growth slowdown and scams," she said.

To a question whether there was any confusion in the party in projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate, she said the BJP`s stated position was that party`s Parliamentary Board will take a decision on it at an appropriate time.

BJP would launch a nation campaign from May 27 to expose the failures of the UPA-11, she added.


First Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 15:25

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