The winter session of Parliament is set to see Opposition parties throwing their weight behind Congress and taking on the BJP for allegedly ‘manipulating’ and ‘controlling’ the Election Commission (EC) during the Gujarat assembly polls.
At the all Opposition parties meet on Thursday evening headed by Rajya Sabha leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, it was also decided that the ruling BJP and PM Narendra Modi will be taken head-on for his allegations against former PM Manmohan Singh of ‘colluding’ with Pakistan to swing a victory for Congress in Gujarat.
“The way the Gujarat polls have been conducted and the level of the political discourse over the past few weeks have been abominable. Some things have to be condemned on the floor of the House.
We will not ignore such transgressions that hurt the dignity of the PM’s post. Never before has another PM spoken so loosely about a former PM,” a senior Opposition leader, who attended the meet, told Mail Today.
Keeping up the Congress party’s attack on the EC, Opposition leaders will continue to raise questions on the ‘double standards’ of the body while conducting the Gujarat polls.
“The incidents of the past two days with respect to notices issued to the Congress but a free hand given to the BJP, has shown blatant misuse of power by the ruling BJP dispensation,” said a senior Rajya Sabha leader.
The Opposition will also protest against the ‘unlawful’ suspensions of JD (U) Rajya Sabha MPs Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar from the party.
While earlier this month, Yadav’s membership from Upper House of Parliament was terminated by Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu following a petition from the JD(U), Anwar was ‘disqualified’ from the party in August for indulging in ‘anti-party activities’.
Farmers’ distress, the Rafale deal and slow disbursal of special package for Andhra Pradesh are some of the other issues that are expected to keep the winter session stormy. The recent resignation of BJP MP Nana Patole from Lok Sabha citing the BJP government’s ‘indifference’ towards farmers is set to the give the Opposition much ammunition to corner the BJP.