Amit Shah slams Oppn over disruptions in Parliament
Guwahati: BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday hit out at the opposition, particularly the Congress, for repeated disruptions in Parliament, saying they were doing so as they were unable to digest his party's victory in one state after another, and asserted that the government was ready to face no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.
Both houses of Parliament were adjourned for the 15th day on Friday as the stalemate between the opposition and the government continued for the third week in the second leg of the Budget session.
Parties like the TDP, YSRC, TRS, AIADMK and the Congress have been creating ruckus during proceedings on various issues. After the TDP and YSRCP, the Congress too has given a notice to move a no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha against the Modi government.
"The opposition is not able to digest our victory in states after states post 2014. That is why they are not allowing even a single minute of work in Parliament for the last 20 days," Shah said addressing a rally of BJP booth unit chiefs here.
The BJP has nothing to hide and is ready to face the no-confidence motion notices that the opposition parties have submitted to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, he added.
Shah alleged that the Congress was trying to prevent discussion on the key schemes related to healthcare insurance and minimum support prices of produce that are being introduced by the Modi government.
"The Prime Minister and the BJP want everything to be discussed in Parliament. But the Congress does not want that and it only shouts. They (Opposition) are doing it to prevent discussion of two very important schemes in the Budget," Shah alleged.
He said that the government wants to discuss a scheme for 10 crore families with free healthcare up to Rs 5 lakh, which will benefit around 50 crore people out of the total population of 125 crore. But the Opposition is not allowing it.
"The second scheme is related to farmers, who have never got the due price for their products since Independence. The scheme allows to pay 1.5 times more minimum support prices than the expenses on seeds and farming. This is a big thing done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for poor farmers," Shah said.
The Congress fears that discussion on these two schemes in Parliament will affect its popularity but the BJP will take it to the people if it is not allowed to take raise these in the House, he added.
Gearing up for the next general election, Shah also set a target of 21 seats out of 25 parliamentary constituencies from northeast in Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
"I want to give a target for 2019 polls. We want to win more than 21 seats out of 25 seats from North East," Shah said in the rally.
"Except Mizoram, all other states in NE are ruled by NEDA (North-East Democratic Alliance) constituents. So all of you need to take it forward," Shah said, adding the party won eight seats from the region during last Lok Sabha polls in 2014.
The BJP needs to win maximum number of seats from northeast to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi so that development of the region continues.
The party chief also asked the Assam BJP unit to expand the network and appoint 'Page Pramukh' or in-charge of each page of the electoral list.
Shah attacked the Congress and said the northeastern part of the country lagged behind other regions post Independence due to faulty policies of the oldest political party