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The day started with the Congress fielding a battery of its Parliamentary leaders to needle the government on the issue. Leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge likened Modi Lord Brahma, t

IANS  |  New Delhi 


The and the attacked each other over the of with Prime Minister being described as Lord Brahma, who kept to himself everything, even as the opposition party accused the of trying to avoid being exposed over embarrassing issues ahead of the elections.

However, the rejected the charges outright and said a decision will be taken on convening the session in a day or two.

The day started with the fielding a battery of its Parliamentary leaders to needle the on the issue. Leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge likened Lord Brahma, the creator, who only knew everything and others were in the dark.

Addressing a press conference at the AICC headquarters, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kharge, along with other leaders, alleged that the is delaying the to avoid questions from the opposition on issues like unemployment, corruption, GST and allegations against Amit Shah's son Jay Shah, which could expose them in the polls.

They said the party would convey to President Ram Nath Kovind its concerns over the delay.

Azad said: I have spoken to the Parliamentary Affairs Minister (Ananth Kumar) several times and asked him to tell us a date as to when the is going to begin. But he had no clue since it was not confirmed by the PMO (Prime Minister's Office).

He also said the reasons why the was not summoning the was because they do not want to face the questions of unemployment, Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation and corruption.

"We wanted to ask the about their formula of giving jobs and earning revenue where one can earn Rs 80 crore from Rs 15 lakh. If the President (Amit Shah) has this formula for his company, then he should share it with the people of the country as well. That is the model, said Azad referring to allegations against Jay Shah."

Azad attacked Prime Minister for his election campaigns saying: No PM in the past 70 years has campaigned from panchayat elections to polls. He uses defence aircraft and helicopters for his visits. What is the cost of these visits? This is also a scam which will run into thousands of crores.

The central has become an election machinery and the cabinet ministers are busy campaigning for elections all the time, he added.

Deputy Leader of in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma hit out at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his statement that the was delayed in the past too.

His statement was a knee-jerk response. He should have checked the facts. He is factually wrong and we reject what he said that in 2011 a similar situation was there.

Kharge said: They do not want discussion in Parliament, so they are giving different excuses for delaying the

"If they convene session and hold discussion, then they will be exposed. So they are trying to convene the session after the polls," said Kharge.

He said whatever was happening under the was an attack on democracy. He added that this year there had been only 38 sittings of the Lok Sabha -- the lowest in the past 70 years.

"Even ministers of this and the Speaker do not know when the session will be convened. Only one person knows about it -- who is 'Brahma'... You cannot be whimsical in running a democracy," he said.

Justifying the delay in Winter Session, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said: "It has been the established tradition of Indian politics to accommodate the dates between election campaign and session."

"Congress' love for is a pleasant surprise. We all know about Rahul Gandhi's presence in parliament," he said.

On allegations by Azad that uses Defence Ministry planes and helicopters for election campaigning, he said: "If Indira Gandhi uses defence planes or helicopters for election purposes, it's okay. Former Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh can use defence planes for five years and 10 years respectively but they have problems when is using defence planes and helicopters for election purposes."

Countering Kharge on his description of as Brahma, Prasad said: "Yes, is the creator of New India."

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the dates for the session would be decided soon.

"The CCPA (Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs) will meet in a couple of days and decide the dates," Kumar told reporters here, adding that the of would be convened in December itself.



First Published: Tue, November 21 2017. 21:10 IST