Venkaiah Naidu accuses Opposition of trying to defame Narendra Modi-led NDA government

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, July 21: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said that the opposition is not ready for a discussion over External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj’s resignation and is only interested in ‘mud-slinging’.

Naidu accused the opposition of trying to defame the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

Venkaiah Naidu told the media: “She is ready, she wants to answer their questions but we cannot do anything if they are not ready. We have not done anything wrong. Our Prime Minister will never allow such a thing. They are trying to defame the government. All they want to do is mud-slinging.”

Earlier, Naidu hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his ‘5.6 inch’ chest jibe directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the grand old party should instead worry about how its tally came down from 400 seats to 44 in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

He said: “Parliament should reflect aspirations of people, and discuss all issues. We have nothing to hide. Instead of worrying about chest inches, Congress should worry how they came down from 400+ seats at one point to 44.”

Addressing Congress workers in Jaipur, the Congress vice-president poked fun at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ’56-inch’ chest, saying his party and the people of this country will reduce it to 5.6 inches in the next six months.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the fourth time today, as the Congress continued to insist on the resignation of the Swaraj for her alleged involvement in helping Lalit Modi.

The Lalit Modi episode has rocked the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha in the pre-lunch period on the opening day of the Monsoon Session today.

The House witnessed three adjournments as the Congress continued to insist on Sushma’s resignation.

(With Agency Inputs)

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