The ongoing logjam in Parliament on issues like the Bank Scams, the non fulfillment of promise of Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh and the Cauvery dispute, is likely to continue in the second week of the second half of the budget session.
Sources in the Congress party said that the party would continue its protest in Parliament and unlikely to relent from its stand on demand for statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the various bank scams and the alleged irregularities in the Rafale fighter jets.
It’s alleged that Rafale fighter jets were purchased by the ruling NDA government at a price which was Rs 350 cr per aircraft more than the price at which the aircraft was purchased by Qatar and Egypt. The Rafale controversy has given a fresh fodder to the Congress party, which is likely to rake up the issue with renewed vigour in Parliament in the coming week.
The Congress has charged the NDA governemt of compromising with the National security of the country by canceling the deal reached by the previous UPA government for 126 Rafale fighter jets and in its place signing a deal for purchase of just 36 aircraft, 90 less than the requirement.
On the issue of the various bank scams unearthed last month, in Parliament the Congress is objecting to the changing the wording and subject of the discussion under Rule 193 that has been listed by it in the agenda of the Lok Sabha. While the Congress had given a notice for discussion on the bank scams that occurred under the NDA regime and the escape from the country of the accused Nirav Modi, Mehul Chowksi and Jatin Mehta, the discussion listed in the agenda is for debate on the irregularities in the banking sector since Independence.
In fact, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said that the government does not have the will to resolve the standoff in Parliament.
Holding PM Modi led BJP government in Centre responsible for the ongoing standoff in parliament, former Congress president while speaking at a media event in Mumbai on Friday said that during the previous NDA government, which was led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, effort used to be made to resolve the logjam in Parliament through dialogue with the Opposition but now that was not possible.
'Even then we were in the Opposition but the issues were resolved through discussions. But this is not possible with the present regime as they do not have the will to resolve the logjams. In fact now even the allies of the government like the Shiv Sena and TDP have too started protesting in the House,' she asserted.
Charging the government of stifling voice of the Opposition, she said, 'We are not allowed to speak in Parliament. In a democracy even the Opposition has a right to put across their point of view. The government is running away from discussing important issues and is solely responsible for the uproar in Parliament. Rules and Conventions are not being followed which is why we are forced to raise issues through sloganeering. The government and the Speaker should listen to both the sides. '
The coming week is also likely to witness protest intensifying from the TDP and other Andhra Parties over the non fulfillment of their demand to grant Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh as promised under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. TDP ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Y S Chaiwdhry quit the NDA Cabinet on Thursday on the issue.
Protests by the DMK and the AIADMK are also likely to continue in both the Houses on the Cauvery waters' issue.