BJP-Cong row: No solution in sight
BJP-Cong row: No solution in sight

BJP-Cong row: No solution in sight


There is apparently no resolution in sight on the vexed dispute between the ruling BJP and the principal opposition Congress over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark against Dr Manmohan Singh's controversial meeting with Pakistani officials, to influence the Gujarat polls.

For the third day on Wednesday, the Rajya Sabha did not transact any major business, while Congress raised anti-government slogans in the Lok Sabha, staged a walkout and later stayed away from the proceedings to register their protest.

While the Congress stuck to their demand that Prime Minister Modi should tender an apology, the BJP rejected it, saying that Prime Minister did no wrong.

BJP Spokesman Sambit Patra said there was no question of an apology.

Congress members raised 'Maafi mango (Ask for apology)' slogans in both the Houses and also indicated that they would continue to stall Parliament proceedings on Thursday as well.

While Rajya Sabha proceedings were washout and as Congress members stayed away from the Lok Sabha proceedings in the afternoon, the Lower House, however, transacted business and government legislative works were carried out.

In the Lok Sabha, no other party supported the Congress in boycotting the proceedings.

Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to thrash out a solution, but no break through was in sight, sources said.

"The ball is in the Prime Minister's court," said Anand Sharma, Deputy Leader of Congress in the Rajya Sabha.

BJP Spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters that Congress should instead come clean on the dinner meeting between Dr Singh and the Pakistanis. "Our Prime Minister has not uttered a single word or done any wrong, for which he should apologise," Patra said.