Youth Congress workers protest against the NDA government over Vyapam and other issues in New Delhi on Tuesday
Govt says it wanted to show the people how the Congress is stalling country’s growth.
The government on Tuesday appeared to make a strong pitch about its intent to push the Goods and Services (GST) Bill in the Parliament by tabling it the Rajya Sabha. But the Congress created a din and stalled the discussions.
Even before the GST Bill could be introduced, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said it had not been discussed at the Business Advisory Committee Meeting and that members had not been given any prior notice about the Bill.
Government managers admitted the exercise was a gimmick as they didn’t know how to break the logjam. The decision to table the Bill was taken aday earlier.
“We knew that the Bill won’t be passed without Congress’s support, but we had little choice. We wanted to show to the people how the Congress was stalling economic growth,” said Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister MA Naqvi.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Satyvrat Chaturvedi said, “The government was well aware that it was not within the rules to move the Bill. Still it blames us for its failures.”
Official sources said the government had not been able to reach out to Congress’s top decision-maker Rahul Gandhi to break the logjam. The plan to ensure a washed-out Monsoon Session was charted out by Rahul, they said.
“A number of senior Congress MPs expressed their helplessness to help the government. We realised if Rahul is the boss, there is no way we can get talking to him. Dealing with his mother Sonia, who is more suave and amenable to reasoning, was easier. Rahul is known for snubbing seniors who give him any advice,” said a minister.
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Hours after PM Narendra Modi lauded SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s stand against Congress-led disruptions in Parliament, Singh’s party along with RJD rushed to the well of the House demanding that Caste Census figures be made public.
“We have caste-based reservation, therefore it is essential to know strength of each caste,” said Singh amid shouting Congress MPs.