BJP's Offensive Against Congress on Parliament Logjam Hits Roadblocks

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Congress has been demanding resignations of three senior BJP leaders over the issue of proximity to tainted cricket administrator Lalit Modi, and the state recruitment Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.


Jaipur/Bhopal:  The BJP today started its press conference blitz across all states to counter the Congress' claims of their party shielding corrupt leaders, a day after the monsoon session of the Parliament ended with disruptions, and no legislation work being done due to Congress' demand for resignation of three senior BJP leaders over the issue of proximity to tainted cricket administrator Lalit Modi, and the state recruitment Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh.

In Jaipur, Union minister Rajyavardhan Rathore addressed the media, but he was left defending the Centre on the issue of implementation of One Rank One Pension, that seeks to ensure that defence personnel who retire at the same rank and with the same length of service, will get equal pension.   

Mr Rathore said, "Our PM was the first one to say that we will bring one rank one pension, our government is committed to it and BJP as a party is committed to it because we are emotionally connected to the armed forces. Announcement is going to happen soon."

Congress has been demanding the resignation of External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje over providing assistance to Mr Modi for his travel to the UK. Madhya Pradesh chief minister has been under attack after his alleged involvement in a massive fraud in entrance exams for college and government jobs in the state.

In Bhopal, the tables turned on BJP spokesperson Sudanshu Trivedi, as he faced a volley of questions on his alleged involvement in Vyapam scam. Congress has alleged that Mr Trivedi has close links with the main accused in Vyapam scam, Pankaj Trivedi, and it was the BJP leader who recommended Pankaj Trivedi's name for the post of Exam Controller in Vyapam.

Mr Trivedi said, "Whatever happened then was as per rules, this is an old story. Why bring it up now?

The BJP's public relation exercise appears to have raised more questions than it actually answered.


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