New Delhi: Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, addressing a press conference today slammed both Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Speaker Meira Kumar.
Following are the highlights of her press conference:
Parliamentary Affairs Minister called yesterday wanting a meeting on end the deadlock in Parliament to pass the Finance Bill. I told him there should be an all-party meeting called by the Speaker...there was an all-party meeting held in the Speaker's cabin at around 11:15 am yesterday.
May 6 was decided for the next bill... But constitution says that it lapses in 65 days. Government accepted the lapse
I told Speaker that we aren't an irresponsible. We can't become bhagidaar... So will walk out
Disappointed that the Speaker didn't tell the Congress MPs to sit or allow me to speak
My allegation is that the UPA chairperson and Cong president doesn't accept democratic institutions and principles
They don't allow opposition leader to speak
If the Speaker calls a meeting again, we will not attend
We are the opposition... They say they will allow discussion
They don't let us speak how will they allow discussion?
Law says once there is discussion, it won't be discussed again
Irrespective of what's decided in all-party meets, what Sonia Gandhi wants happens in the House
What is the use of all-party meetings if what is decided in them is not reflected in the Parliament?
It is a situation of total breakdown but it is the responsibility of the government, not me
The ball is in the court of the Government and Speaker
My speech had just begun in Lok Sabha today and Congress members started interrupting me
We wanted discussion in Parliament
We wanted to raise the topics of China incursion, rapes in the capital...
The countdown for this government has begun
There is no question of sahayog. We will not bring any Avishwas prastav
We are not moving a no-confidence motion
We don't have any plan to go to the streets to protest