Sushma Swaraj ready for debate, Opposition unrelenting; Parliament adjourned

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SushmaThe Monsoon Session of the Parliament began on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced hope that the session will be fruitful and that promises made by “some political parties” during the last session to allow work on priority will be kept.

Rajya Sabha adjourns for the day due to continuous uproar over the Lalit Modi controversy.

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley hits back at the Opposition for creating uproar in the Rajya Sabha over ‘Lalitgate’ row.

Addressing mediapersons, the Finance Minister says the government has placed on record that request for discussion on Lalit Modi row and Vyapam can be placed.

Jaitley attacks the Opposition saying it is not prepared for a discussion. “I told the House that Sushma Swaraj will herself be present for a debate, but the opposition didn’t agreed for it as it was not ready with information.”

He further accuses the Opposition of only being interested in disruption of Parliament proceedings, rather than a debate.

“We also offered the Opposition to adjourn the House till lunch and then have the discussion, but they didn’t agreed, Jaitley says adding, the government is publicly declaring that it is ready for discussion at any time.

Congress seems to be a divided house over Parliament strategy on demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s resignation.

According to sources, one section of the party felt that the demand for Swaraj’s resignation was too early. However, the sources added that the party could not go back on the demand now as the demand had already been raised in both houses of Parliament emphatically.

Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi are planning to lead a silent protest over the Congress demand on Wednesday.

The Congress has demanded the resignation of Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. The party has also been gunning for Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the multi-crore Vyapam scam.

As the Congress-led opposition created ruckus in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha over the issue, Swaraj had expressed her desire to make a statement on the issue. But striking a defiant note, the Congress refused to accept Swaraj’s offer to make a statement and said nothing short of her resignation was acceptable.