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Congress’s Disruptionist Parliament Tactics To Be Made Campaign Issue By BJP

Rajya Sabha’s productivity, at the end of the session on Wednesday (23 December), stood at 50 per cent, whereas Lok Sabha’s stood at 102 per cent. Congress has a decisive presence in the Rajya Sabha whereas the BJP has the numbers in the Lok Sabha

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The Narendra Modi government will take to people the Congress’s disruptionist tactics in Parliament, specially in the Rajya Sabha, to block key legislations, including landmark economic legislations like GST and real estate bill. Party MPs have been asked to take the Congress gameplan to their constituencies, across the country.

As Businessworld has earlier also noted, the Rajya Sabha was functioning well, until the National Herald case broke, and the Congress then found varied reasons through the remainder of the session to disrupt the proceedings.

Rajya Sabha’s productivity, at the end of the session on Wednesday (23 December), stood at 50 per cent, whereas Lok Sabha’s stood at 102 per cent. Congress has a decisive presence in the Rajya Sabha whereas the BJP has the numbers in the Lok Sabha.

Rajya Sabha passed eight bills whereas Lok Sabha passed 14. Rajya Sabha passed six bills without any discussion. At the end, it was a case of missed opportunities, specially in the Rajya Sabha -- as BW noted yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Winter Session’s acrimony threatens to spill over to the Budget session. On Wednesday, even as the BJP was demanding an explanation from the Congress for not letting the Rajya Sabha function, leader of Opposition in the Upper House, Ghulam Nabi Azad, took potshots at the ruling party, saying that “they could not run Parliament despite having a clear majority”.

Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that the government’s response on the three points raised by the Congress on GST had been “adequate”. “A party keeping national interest uppermost in mind would have passed GST,” he added.

Government managers fear that the Congress may not give up on its belligerence that easily. The reason is not far to seek – the next date of hearing in the National Herald case is on February 20, and the party would like to keep alive the charge of “political vendetta” by the Modi government till then.

The government on the other hand cannot afford to waste the Budget session after its best-drawn plans going haywire in the Winter Session of Parliament.


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