Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier indicated that he is “hopeful of a constructive session of parliament”; the Congress is determined in its plan to disrupt proceedings as the Monsoon Session begins on Tuesday.
Top Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi had met with the party’s Lok Sabha MPs to resolve plans of disruption, and hold protests outside parliament with black bands and placards demanding the resignation of three top BJP leaders.
Congress’ aggressive tactics may make it tough for the government to conduct business although the party only has a slim 44 MPs sitting in Lok Sabha. Urgent government reforms such as GST, Sales Tax and National Goods are still pending. In the Rajya Sabha, the BJP government is in a minority and Congress’ support is needed in order to push through the legislations.
Congress leaders are demanding that the government must remove Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for allegedly helping disgraced former IPL chief Lalit Modi in his dealings with officials in UK, where the cricket tycoon has lived since 2010.
Along with these two, the Congress is also pressing for the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, whose state government is embroiled in a deep controversy related to the Vyapam scam, which has claimed over 48 lives in a chilling murder mystery.
“No resignations will be coming,” union minister Venkaiah Naidu had however said recently. However, Naidu like other BJP leaders said that the government “is willing to debate all issues in parliament.”
Swaraj has said she is keen to clarify the charges made against her on helping Lalit Modi.