Cong resorting to flimsy political gimmicks: Naidu
“It is not the government which showed ‘utter contempt’ of Rajya Sabha but it is the Congress which is showing ‘utter contempt’ to people’s mandate by holding the Upper House with its obstructive attitude,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said in a statement.
“The statement of senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh that the NDA government showed utter contempt of Rajya Sabha on Aadhar Bill is reprehensible and once again shows the Congress mindset of opposing a progressive legislation for the sake of opposition even though it aims at transforming the lives of millions of poor and marginalised sections in the country,” he said.
He also accused Ramesh of “casting aspersions” on the wisdom and impartiality of the Speaker by raising questions over her decision to treat the Aadhar Bill as money bill.
Noting that it was “unfair” on the part of Ramesh to “question the prerogative of Lok Sabha Speaker” in declaring Aadhar Bill as a Money Bill, Naidu said that by stating that it was the recommendation of the government to consider it as a Money bill, the Congress leader, a member of Rajya Sabha, is “casting aspersions” on the wisdom and impartiality of the Speaker.
Insisting that there has been absolutely no attempt to bypass Rajya Sabha and the the Congress leader was raking up a “needless controversy” over the semantics of a Money Bill, Naidu asserted that the Aadhar Bill could not be termed anything else but a Money Bill as it involved drawing huge expenditure to provide subsidies.
“In such a situation, it is simply untenable for anybody to contest the categorisation of Aadhar Bill as a Money Bill. Secondly, where is the question of bypassing Rajya Sabha when due Parliamentary processes have been followed at every stage,” he said.
Accusing Congress of adopting an “obstructive” attitude and “blocking” important welfare and development-oriented bills, Naidu said,”the Congress is showing utter contempt towards people’s mandate.”
“By adopting an obstructive attitude and blocking important welfare and development-oriented bills, the Congress is showing utter contempt towards people’s mandate.”
Accusing the BJP led NDA government of showing “utter contempt” of Rajya Sabha for taking the money bill route to pass the Aadhar bill, Ramesh had on Friday indicated that the matter could be challenged by “others” in the courts.
Ramesh had said that while the prerogative of declaring a bill as a Money Bill or not is that of the Speaker and the Speaker’s decision is final but the recommendation to the Speaker to consider making it a Money Bill is that of the Government.
“It is the government that decides whether it is a Money Bill or not and the Speaker only certifies it as Money Bill,” Ramesh said.
Rejecting the charges, Naidu said,“the Congress game-plan is to simply throw a spanner into the developmental plan and kick up a fresh controversy. It clearly reflects the Congress mindset of
trying to block any progressive measure that will benefit the needy and vulnerable sections and defame the government.”