Day 3: Congress refuses to let Parliament logjam wither
The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till today after the Congress members continued to protest against the government on the National Herald issue
New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till today after the Congress members continued to protest against the government on the National Herald issue.
Congress workers shout anti-Modi slogans in Kolkata. Pic/PTI
Raising slogans against the ruling dispensation, the Congress leaders alleged that dictatorship on part of the government would not be accepted. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been asked to appear in a Delhi Court on December 19 in connection with this case.
The summons were issued to them on a criminal complaint lodged by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for alleged cheating and misappropriation of funds in acquiring ownership of now-defunct daily National Herald.
The Congress leaders own a stake as directors in YIL, registered as a charitable company, as per the complaint.
Expressing ‘sorrow’ over fresh Parliament disruptions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday asserted that democracy cannot function at the ‘whims and fancies’ of anyone, in a veiled dig at continuing protests by the Congress. Without any reference to Congress, which has held protests in both Houses of Parliament over the National Herald case, Modi said democracy cannot be restricted to elections and governments alone and that one of the two main dangers before it is ‘Mantantra’ (functioning as per one’s whims and fancies) with the other being ‘Dhantantra’ (money power). “It is not only GST(bill) but many pro-poor steps are stuck in Parliament,” Modi said.
PM showing frustration of Bihar debacle: Congress
The Congress Party yesterday held the government responsible for the ongoing logjam in the Parliament and alleged that PM Narendra Modi is showing his frustration over the BJP’s debacle in the Bihar polls. “It is the government’s responsibility to help the proceedings of the House. Opportunistic Narendra Modi is showing his frustration of defeat of the Assembly polls in the Parliament,” Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said.