Venkaiah Naidu blames Cong for Rajya Sabha paralysis
Holding that the country is “disappointed” with the functioning of Parliament, Naidu accused the Congress of “cheating the people” by not allowing the government to do “what is expected of it”.
“This session has been a victim of a strategy conceived before its commencement which was to see that Parliament was paralysed come what may. Since the monsoon session, which was a near washout, the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha have been pulling in different directions, which is a matter of serious concern,” Naidu told the media after both Houses adjourned sine die “This only justifies the campaign of some people that has already begun in some degree for redefining the role of the Rajya Sabha...The country is disappointed at the manner in which Parliament has functioned,” he said.
The Modi government’s legislative agenda has suffered a serious setback due to lack of support from the numerically stronger Congress-led opposition in the House. This had prompted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to raise the question of how an “unelected” house could overrule the mandate of the “elected” house.
While the productivity of the Lok Sabha was 100.46 per cent during the Winter session, that of the Rajya Sabha was only 46 per cent, that too after it passed a number of bills in the last three days without much discussion which, Naidu said, was not a “healthy” trend.
Congress was looking for lame excuses to paralyse Parliament on a day to day basis, he alleged, accusing it being “intolerant” towards the mandate of the people.
Spirited citizenry should be concerned about it and there should be debate, he said.
“Congress may think that it has gained from paralysing Rajya Sabha and disrupting the proceedings in the Lok Sabha but the people and country have lost in the process.
Paralysing Parliament for having lost in the last year’s General Election is a clear case of vendetta against people,” he said.
Congress does not want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to succeed because he will be a threat to them in future too, he added.
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