CPM hints at storm in monsoon session over Lalit Modi

New Delhi(dna): After the Congress, the CPM has given indications that trouble was brewing for government in the monsoon session of Parliament over the Lalit Modi- related issues.

Party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Wednesday that if government did not institute an inquiry, during which period those facing allegations in the Lalit Modi row should step down, it would have repercussions in Parliament.

The government has decided to brazen it out by shielding its party leaders, even as a combative opposition is all set to disrupt Parliament, which could upset the ruling regime’s timeline for passage of pro-reform legislations, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and land acquisition bills. So far, the Opposition’s mounting pressure through continuous revelations on Lalit Modi’s links with Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, has not sapped the government’s resolve to shield the leaders.

“Since all major opposition parties have come out against government on the Lalit Modi issue and asked for investigation and action, there is going to be trouble in Parliament,” Yechury said in an interaction at Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC).

Quoting Union minister Arun Jaitley, Yechury said “after all, the present finance minister had said that disruptions are a democratic method for the opposition.” He also reminded the BJP that during the UPA regime, it had demanded investigation and action in similar cases.

The government is bracing up for Opposition onslaught in Parliament, but is hoping that the uproar will mellow down by the time the session begins on July 21. BJP leaders have been arguing that there was no illegality involved and the issue did not call for resignation of either Swaraj or Raje. Besides, the Opposition is unlikely to be satisfied with just one resignation.

As he attacked the Modi regime, Yechury expressed concern about the BJP’s increasing vote share in Kerala. To a query about the Arivakkara by-poll, in which the BJP increased its votes five-fold from 2011, he said “it is an ominous development… This commununalisation is a serious matter. Now, we have to take it much more seriously.”