Parliament disruptions: Congress accuses BJP of playing politics

Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 21:25

New Delhi: Toughening its stand, Congress on Monday attacked BJP for "playing politics" through disruptions as Parliament failed to transact normal business for sixth consecutive day amid protests on the coalgate issue.

"If the Opposition is unreasonable, then it is not just the government`s responsibilty to run Parliament. You cannot make unreasonable demands and then say that the ruling party should accept the unreasonable demand...," party spokesperson Sandip Dikshit told reporters here at the AICC briefing.

Accusing BJP of using some issues as a pretext to block the passage two crucial bills of UPA on food security and land acquisition, he said that the Opposition party was doing it for political gains in Karnataka assembly elections.

"What BJP is doing is only politics. There is not an iota of public welfare in what they are engaging in," he said.

Dikshit rejected the contentions that the logjam in Parliament continues in the wake of the Opposition charge that Law Minister Ashwini Kumar `intefered` with the functioning of CBI and that he was not replying to the allegation against him.

"Nobody is shying away from a debate but a debate can happen only when Parliament runs. We are ready for a debate... The Law Minister should be given an opportunity to make his stand clear," the Congress spokesperson said.

Dikshit left it to the Law Minister to answer when asked for a categorical reply on whether Congress believes that there was nothing wrong in what he did.

"We are not saying he has done no wrong or he has done no right. He has done what he thinks to be correct and he is the most able person to answer that. He has been constantly maintaining that what he has done is within the parameters of what are within his power. Let us give him an opportunity to clarify himself," he said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 21:25

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