Those Who Lost Lok Sabha Elections Stalling Parliament: PM Modi

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Those Who Lost Lok Sabha Elections Stalling Parliament: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy during his visit.


New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacted sharply to the disruptions in Parliament, on Tuesday, that now threaten to wash out the ongoing winter session. Attacking the Congress directly, Mr Modi said that the main opposition party "has decided to ruin Parliament."

The Congress that has a majority in the Rajya Sabha has repeatedly led disruptions in the Upper House.  Speaking in Kerala, a state ruled by a Congress-led coalition, PM Modi said, "People who lost the Lok Sabha elections are not letting Parliament function."

On the second day of his first visit to Kerala as Prime Minister, Mr Modi was addressing a public meeting at a college ground in Kollam. He called the frequent disruptions "a mockery of democracy."

Yesterday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had attacked the Congress in a Facebook post quoting Jawaharlal Nehru. He said that the country is waiting for Parliament to "discuss public issues, to legislate and approve a historic Constitution Amendment enabling the GST."  

"All this is being indefinitely delayed. The question we need to ask ourselves is, 'are we being fair to ourselves and this country?'" he wrote.

Last week PM Modi had described the disruptions as "a matter of sorrow." The Modi government is particularly worried about the persisting logjam in Parliament affecting passage of the bill to introduce Goods and Services Tax regime, which is seen as a major thrust area of this government.

 


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