Attributing the present stalemate in Parliament as being due to the obduracy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress today said the PM should come to Parliament and give a clarification on his allegations against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resolve the stalemate.
AICC senior spokesperson and Deputy Leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said,'the stalemate in Parliament continues due to the obduracy of the Prime Minister to resolve the situation arising out of his baseless allegations against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari.
As the present incumbent of the high office it is the PM's duty to restore the dignity of his office. Never before in the history of post independent India has a Prime Minister pointed a finger of suspicion towards a former PM. It is in the interest of Parliamentary Democracy that the stalemate is resolved.. However, it is being conveyed by the Government that the PM is not willing to take back his words. Today it was Prime Minister's day in the Question hour in the Rajya Sabha and we were awaiting him. However, he has disappointed us by refusing to come .'
Sharma said that it was necessary that the present standoff is resolved to enable discussion on important issues before the country like the farmers' distress, the GSPC scam and the alleged irregularities in the Rafale fighter aircraft deal.
'Perhaps the Government wants the stalemate to continue so that these issues are not discussed in Parliament and that it is not exposed on the Rafale deal. The Government also does not want to face the opposition on issues like Demonetisation and the GST,'Mr Sharma said and urged the PM that he should come to Parliament and issue a clarification on his remarks against Dr Singh in the interest of Parliamentary Democracy.
Parliament has been witnessing a standoff between the Government and the Opposition on the PM's allegations against Dr Manmohan Singh , charging him of conspiring with Pakistan for the Gujarat elections.