In News: No Deals with Government Over Sacking Sushma, Says Raje
The Congress says there’s no deal with the government over withdrawing demands of sacking Raje and Sushma.
The Congress party dismissed reports that it had offered a deal to the government under which it was ready to support the passage of the GST bill in Parliament, if the latter agreed to sack External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.
The party clarified on Wednesday that the reports were “totally baseless” and “mischievous”, according to Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.
Sacking Swaraj and Raje are issues of righteousness, impropriety and holding Modi government accountable to their promise of not shielding black money hoarders of the ilk of Lalit Modi. Question of quid pro quo on this all pervading issue of morality and constitutional accountability does not arise.
— Randeep Surjewala, Congress Leader
What do the Reports Suggest?
— Congress has come forward with a proposal for the government - axe Swaraj and Raje over Lalit Modi row and get support for Goods and Services Tax Bill in Parliament.
— The Centre has rejected the offer from Congress which has kept up the pressure on the NDA government over the Lalit Modi controversy.
— The Modi government has outrightly rejected Congress’ offer, saying there is no question of any deal with the Congress in Parliament session, be it on GST or Land Acquisition Bill. Instead, the BJP has agreed for a debate on any contentious issue.
The Monsoon session of Parliament, which is set to commence on July 21, is expected to be a stormy affair with Congress giving more than ample indications of disruptions if government fails to take action after the Lalit Modi controversy.
The Congress has been demanding resignations of:
— Swaraj and Raje over Lalit Modi controversy
— HRD Minister Smriti Irani for allegedly misrepresenting facts about her educational qualification in separate election affidavits
— Maharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde for her clearing purchases worth Rs 206 crore on a single day instead of inviting tenders in violation of norms.
(With inputs from the PTI)
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