New Delhi: BJP Wednesday attacked the government
saying there was no coordination between Union ministers and
ruling party MPs during the just-concluded Monsoon Session of
"...the government appears to be losing direction... there
is no collective governance. There is a gap between ministers
and ruling party MPs," Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya
Sabha Arun Jaitley told reporters here.
He was referring to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal deferring a
key education reforms bill following strong opposition from
members cutting across party lines, including from senior
Congress leader K Keshava Rao.
Expressing satisfaction over his party`s performance
during the just-concluded Parliament session, Jaitley`s
counterpart in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said, BJP played
the role of constructive Opposition by helping government pass
important bills where its concerns were addressed.
"But for the government, it was a refer and defer
session," she said.
Two bills, including the Prevention of Torture Bill, were
referred to the respective Standing Committees, while the
Education Tribunal Bill and the Enemy Property (Amendment and
Validation) Bill were deferred, she pointed out.
The BJP leaders scoffed at suggestions of a `deal` between
the main opposition and the Congress during the session.
"I strictly object to the use of the term deal. A deal has
to be for the entire session and not a particular bill... it is
a baseless allegation that it was a deal," Swaraj said
referring to the crucial nuclear liability bill passed by