New Delhi, July 31: Government on Friday said it is ready to hold talks with the Congress to break the Parliamentary deadlock and a meeting in this regard will be held soon, a day after an all-party meeting called by the Lok Sabha Speaker failed to end the ongoing impasse.
According to reports, both the Houses of Parliament witnessed consistent sloganeering and drama as presiding officers Sumitra Mahajan and P.J. Kurien outrightly rejected the adjournment motions submitted by the Congress Party over a demand for resignation of Cabinet ministers linked to former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam.
The opposition shouted slogans after the adjournment motions. The speaker also asked the Congress MPs not to raise playcards in the house.
Earlier on Thursday, the government had indicated convening an all-party meeting to end the impasse in Parliament during the all-party meet.
Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.”All parties had agreed yesterday during the all-party meeting convened by the Speaker that Government should take the initiative (in running Parliament).”
Ruday said: “Government had planned to talk to Congress today morning, but due to the CPP meeting Congress leaders were not free. We will talk to them soon when Congress members are free.”
He, however, said that it was a matter of concern when Congress members were not wanting to discuss even the issue of national security when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was giving a statement on the Gurdaspur terror attack.
The Opposition has been asking for resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje since the Modigate issue surfaced.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said his party wants resignation of all involved in the Modigate. He said that the tradition of demanding resignation was set by BJP when they were in opposition.
“Till there is no resignation, there will be no discussion. This is our demand,” he said, adding that they were trying to convince the government on this which was not agreeing. It is the government’s responsibility to run Parliament.”
This is not the first time this is happening. Earlier BJP had set this tradition of demanding resignation for everything and today they are saying Congress is trying to create hurdles.
All know this is far from truth. That is why they are putting the blame on us. This is not right,” Kharge said.
Congress has stalled both the Houses of Parliament and no serious business has taken place during the ongoing Monsoon session which started on July 21. Many important legislations like the Land Bill, GST bill and Real Estate Bill are pending for passage.
(With Agency Inputs)