National Herald Case Storm in Parliament: Congress aggressive, BJP hits back

A scene in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Photo
A scene in the Lok Sabha . PTI Photo

The session looked smooth as the government reached out to the opposition regarding the GST bill. But the Delhi HC court order on the National Herald case has upset the government’s plans.  Ever since the HC order  a political war is on between Congress and the NDA government and the chances for functioning of the parliament now looks  rather bleak.

Congress party has said that it will continue to stall both Houses of parliament in protest over the court summons against party chief Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.

And the conclusion will be that the government’s plan to pass the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in the Winter Session of Parliament will be stalled indefinitely.  Parliament failed to transact any business  as Congress members guided by a combative Sonia Gandhi repeatedly disrupted both Houses alleging “vendetta politics”, in an apparent reference to the National Herald case.

Congress members were in the Well all the time, shouting slogans against the government, even as the Chair in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha kept asking them to spell out the reason for their protest which they did not do explicitly.

Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged in the Rajya Sabha that the NDA regime, “is targeting top leaders of Congress, be it Gandhis, Virbhadra Singh, P Chidambaram, Vaghela or Ashok Gehlot, through flimsy charges while turning a blind eye on serious charges against BJP ministers and CMs in Vyapam, Lalit Modi issue etc.”

In an aggressive stand and hitting out at the Congress Finance  Minister Arun Jaitley rejected Congress’ charge of political vendetta and said that it has nothing to do with it. Jaitley told reporters that the case was a matter of serious corruption as “funds collected for political purposes are being used for commercial activity”, adding that the government “doesn’t come into the picture” as it was a private complaint.

As the Congress rakes up the national Herald case in parliament and set to disrupt parliament Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi had met his key cabinet ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu to decide on strategy in Parliament.

Amidst the bitter  face off  Venkaiah Naidu expressed hope that the crucial GST  Bill will pass in this  winter session saying : “Congress gave us an assurance on GST. They are yet to get back to us. We are hoping to pass the Bill in this session”.