Left, BJP `unholy alliance` wasting time of Parliament: Cong

Congress today accused the Left and BJP of forging an "unholy and opportunistic alliance" and "wasting" time of Parliament by insisting on a discussion on price rise.

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2010, 20:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress today accused the Left
and BJP of forging an "unholy and opportunistic alliance" and
"wasting" time of Parliament by insisting on a discussion on
price rise under a rule which entails voting even after the
Speaker disallowed the motion.

The party also made it clear that it will "not succumb to
such pressure tactics" and accused BJP of doing it to "divert
attention" from issues like the arrest of former Gujarat
minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin case and illegal mining
in Karnataka.

"This unity of Left and NDA is self-opportunistic and
based on political expediency," party spokesperson Abhishek
Singhvi said, adding that both are "political bedfellows in
this game plan of diversion."

To a question on whether CPI-M under Prakash Karat`s
leadership is coming closer to BJP, the spokesperson said
their occasional sparring be-fool none and this "direct,
total, unqualified and concerted action (disruption of
Parliament) by both has brought to fore the truth of their
friendly fights."

Singhvi said BJP is engaging in such "unfortunate unfair
and unjustified tactics to divert attention from the Reddys
and Shahs. It is an attempt to cover the skeletons tumbling
out from the cupboards of Karnataka and Gujarat."

He added while the government is ready for a discussion
on the entire gamut of the price rise issue and it wanted to
eliminate only the part of political sensationalism, the
opposition is resorting to diversionary tactics though it has
"no reason to disrupt Parliament even for a moment."

He said the decision of the Speaker in this matter was
final, which cannot be challenged even in the Supreme Court,
and by opposing it the opposition was trying to send a message
that it won`t allow Parliament to function unless the rulings
are not as per its wish.

PTI