Parliament session ends without any legislative business being taken up
GN Bureau | August 13, 2015
The Rajya Sabha worked for just over nine hours of the 17-day session monsoon session of parliament, which ended today. Key legislation like the goods and services tax bill is pending in the RS.
Various forms of protests prevented the parliament from functioning and the prime minister said today the Congress has rivalled the assault on democracy delivered during the Emergency by its leaders.
Prime minister Narendra Modi told his party and allies at a meeting in parliament "the Congress wants to save a family, the BJP wants to save the nation."
The Congress reacted with putting the onus on the prime minister himself. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the PM must remember that "it is the responsibility of the government to run the House".
"If the House did not run, prime minister is responsible for the same. He did not even have the courage to face the opposition on the floor of the House," said Tewari.
He blamed the Prime Minister for resorting to "rhetoric to justify his failure in running the house during monsoon session".
Meanwhile, as usual the leaders denied all wrongdoing. Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement in parliament yesterday rejecting the accusation that she misused her office to assist tainted Lalit Modi obtain urgent travel papers from the UK last year.
The Congress, led by Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, has rejected her account, insisting that the explanation papers over transgressions including her daughter and husband working as lawyers for the disgraced industrialist.
The Congress refused to call off protests demanding the resignation of three top BJP leaders including external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on charges of corruption.
The Congress alleged that Sushma Swaraj had committed a crime by helping tainted cricket boss Lalit Modi with urgent travel documents in the UK last year.
Both Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were on Thursday adjourned sine die without transacting any business.
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