NEW DELHI: A senior Congress leader told NDTV that the decision to stay away from the breakfast meeting was taken to signal the anguish of the party, the largest opposition party, to the presiding officer at what they allege, is his partisan role in conducting the house. Upset at not being allowed to raise their concerns around the Rafale fighter jet deal, Congress lawmakers have decided to turn down a breakfast invite from Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for Friday morning.
Mr. Naidu’s refusal to first decline permission to leaders from the Congress and others to raise their demand for a parliamentary probe into the Rafale fighter jet deal, switching off their microphones and hurriedly push through two bills despite their protests.
One bill provides for setting up a National Sports Authority in Manipur. The second relates to carrying out changes to the Homoeopathy Central Council. But when the Congress tried to raise their concerns after the passage of the law to undo a Supreme Court, a senior party leader said, “the Rajya Sabha chairman disallowed them and ordered that nothing that the Congress-led opposition was saying would go on record”.
Mr. Naidu is hosting the breakfast at 9.30 am for his new deputy, Harivansh, a first-time lawmaker from Janata Dal-United. Congress leaders say they had cooperated with the government to pass the law restoring the powers of the police to make arrests on complaints received under the Dalit atrocities law.