BJP launches counter-attack, alleges scams in Congress-ruled states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and MoS for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi arrives to attend the monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi n Tuesday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena  

Countering Congress’ attack as the monsoon session of Parliament commenced on Tuesday, the BJP said it was ready for discussion on all issues including on “damaad (son-in-law) and Quatrocchi”, besides the “scams” in Congress-ruled states.

“The government is willing to discuss everything. We have nothing to hide, nothing to worry,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.

He said that many BJP MPs have given notices for discussion on scams in Congress-ruled states.

His deputy Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi took on the Congress saying that they are ready for discussion on all issues but the opposition party “wants only disruption”.

“This is nothing more than the noise of skeletons of Congress’ corruption. We are ready to discuss pending issues from ‘damaad’ to Quattrocchi,” he said referring to the controversial land deals of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and the Bofors scam.

The ruling alliance was ready to discuss “Kerala fodder scam, Goa watergate project scam, Uttarkhand flood scam, Himachal Pradesh steel scam,” he said.

Stressing that BJP MPs have given notices for discussion on these “scams”, Mr. Naqvi said the government was prepared with its reply to Congress’ charges.

“This out of tune chorus of dishonest Congress will utterly fail. As far as passage of bills is concerned, they are not BJP’s bills but meant for the countrymen and the poor,” he said.

The government and main opposition Congress have locked horns over the controversies surrounding Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje on Lalit Modi issue and Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Vyapam scam, setting the stage for confrontation in Parliament.

While Congress has made it clear that it will not allow Parliament to function unless the BJP leaders facing allegations quit, the government has asserted that there will be no resignations and that it will not give in to any ultimatum.

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