Congress plans strategy on various issues in Parliament

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The Congress will plan strategy, on several issues, in order to decide its future course of action, in Parliament, on 17 December.

So far, the session has been witnessing repeated disruptions by the opposition parties in both Houses over issues such as passage of GST bill, National Herald case and CBI raids. Party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi will chair the meeting.

Earlier, the opposition was producing issues to stall the proceedings of the House, said Union minister for parliamentary affairs M Venkaiah Naidu.

“They are trying to manufacture some issue or the other to stall (parliament). Will there be any progress and will the session be a washout like the one preceding this? They are not only harming the country but also themselves. Their image would take a beating if thy continue to do such things.”

The Congress on 16 December targeted finance Minister Arun Jaitley and demanded his resignation over alleged financial irregularities in Delhi District Cricket Association, when he headed it between 1999 to 2013.

The development came after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said he proposed to order a Commission of Inquiry into the committee’s report set up by his government into the DDCA affairs.

Meanwhile, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was embarrassed when he was greeted with slogans by protesting tea garden workers of West Bengal saying “Rahul go back, Congress let Parliament function.”

He had gone to Jantar Mantar to lend his support to them. In an apparent reference to the National Herald case, one of the protesters said the country’s development cannot be taken hostage to save a single family (the Gandhis).

The winter session, which ends on 23 December, in all likelihood, is headed for another washout.