A combative Congress president Sonia Gandhi is expected to lay out the party’s Parliament strategy on Monday, ahead of an all-party meet called by the BJP-led government to break the logjam that has hit legislative work during what has been a rocky Monsoon session.
Mrs Gandhi will be addressing a meeting of the general body of the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) on Monday morning before the start of the third week of the current session, which has so far been a stalled affair due to Opposition parties’ protests over the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam.
Incidentally, This will be the first meeting of the CPP general body in the Monsoon session, which has seen an aggresive Congress seeking the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from day one.
The Congress has already said that its participation in an all -party meeting to break the two-week-long deadlock in Parliament depends on a “tangible” proposal from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Opposition’s demands.
“We are not interested in a mere photo-op, tea and sandwiches. The PM must first tell us what action is being taken on our demands,” senior Congress spokesman Anand Sharma had said .
The government will call an all-party meeting on Monday in a bid to break the Parliament logjam. It has accused the Congress of “hurting” the country by blocking the passage of key reform bills like Goods and Services Tax or GST with its relentless protests.
The Congress has been continuing with its protests in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha over the two issues.
Both Sonia Gandhi and party`s vice president Rahul Gandhi have been at the fore front of the aggressive protests by their members.