The BJP on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress party for deliberately creating hurdles in the smooth conduct of business in the Rajya Sabha and for not allowing party chief Amit Shah from making his speech during the debate on agrarian issues.
“Aap ko koi pasand nahi aya toh bolne nahi denge (Simply because you do not like someone, will you not allow him to speak),” Union Minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.
He said such conduct ought to be condemned. “Except Congress, the leaders of all other political parties later said in the House that they were ready for discussions. One particular Congress leader was very ambiguous and gave a wishy-washy reply when the Chairman (M Venkaiah Naidu) sought the opinion of all the parties,” the Union Minister said.
He wanted to know why Congress and Trinamool Congress members do not want a discussion on issues concerning farmers. “The Congress do not want the debate on farmers issue because we can expose their non-performance during 10 years,” he said.
Mr Prasad said BJP’s Amit Shah and seven other MPs were to take part in a Short Duration discussion on MSP for Kharif Crop and challenges in the agriculture sector. He alleged that after hardly six minutes BJP chief Mr Shah spoke on the issue, Trinamool members trooped into the well of the House.
Trinamool MPs were protesting on the detention of party leaders when a delegation had visited Silchar in Assam. The chair’s repeated request to allow the discussion on agrarian issue was also ignored.
Lashing out at the Trinamool members for trying to stall the proceedings of the House, the Minister said – “Trinamool is raising the issue of democracy in the House, but in their state, number of seats during panchayat polls went uncontested. People were not allowed to vote. There was large scale booth capturing, this is the record of Trinamool on democracy”.
Taking a dig at Mamata Banerjee-led outfit, he said the Trinamool leaders’ indifference towards Amit Shah is understandable as BJP national president is going to Kolkata for a rally on August 11.
“But what about Congress, should there be debate in the Rajya Sabha on farmers’ issues? Is the Congress party supporting Trinamool’s almost blockade of the House covertly. This is the big question”.
He said the conduct of both the opposition parties ought to be condemned as the strategy adopted not to allow Amit Shah speak is simply erroneous. “BJP is the country’s ruling party. Amit Shah is national president of a party which has 11 crore membership. We also have governments in 20 states….Then why he should be disallowed to make his statement,” Mr Prasad said adding “what kind of new low we are trying to establish in the House
by such conduct”.
He said Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s gesture in enlisting views of all the parties is quite appreciable. Earlier on the NRC issue on last week as well, Mr Shah could not complete his speech twice due to uproarious scenes and similarly the opposition parties’ conduct was condemned by the BJP.