Indian Parliament session ends on a bitter note

The three-week Monsoon session of Parliament was lost in the logjams that ended on Thursday on a bitter note. The last day of Monsoon session saw demonstrations by both the ruling BJP and main opposition Congress.


While no business transacted inside House, with both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha adjourning sine die at noon, the real action had shifted outside Parliament.

The Lok Sabha witnessed the Congress members jumping into the well once again, protesting against Prime Minister Modi’s absence in Parliament and demanded the resignations of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and two other ministers. Congress, however, left the House after 25 minutes of the noisy scenes.

Congress indicated, it will move a privilege motion against external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for her remarks against late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Sushma tore into the Congress, saying it had helped Bofors accused Ottavio Quattrocchi and Bhopal gas leak accused Warren Anderson to flee from India.

Congress spokesman and former union minister P Chidambaram reminded Sushma that Delhi High Court had absolved Rajiv Gandhi from all charges related to Bofors in 2004, during previous NDA tenure. He also challenged the government to release his three letters he had written to his UK counterpart, as finance minister in Lalit Modi case. “I deliberately didn’t ask for extradition, as that amounted to walking into a legal trap. It takes years to settle cases of extradition in British courts. I asked for deportation, which was an administrative matter,” he said.

The Congress MPs of both the House later held a demonstration at noon in the Parliament House complex under Mahatma Gandhi’s statue to protest against Modi’s silence over their demands. An hour later, the BJP MPs and ministers, led by patriarch Lal Krishna Advani and home minister Rajnath Singh, held a “save democracy” march from Vijay Chowk on the Rajpath to Parliament House to condemn the Parliament blockade by the Congress.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi continued his tirade against the government outside Parliament. Wanting to know why the PM was ‘afraid’ to speak, he told reporters that “we now know that he doesn’t have the guts” and so the Congress will increase its assault on the PM running away from a debate. He challenged the PM that if he has guts, he should bring back Lalit Modi to India and clear all the black money scams in cricket. “This is a big opportunity for him,” Rahul said throwing an open challenge to Narendra Modi.