“This is murder of democracy. 440 members want to talk and 40-50 members are not letting them. Let people know how irresponsible they are.” These were the words spoken by the Parliament Speaker Sumitra Mahajan lashing out at the protesting Congress MPs and stalling the Parliament proceedings for the 16th day in a row, with only two days remaining in this monsoon session – a gross wastage of time and crores of public money.
Ever since the monsoon session of the Parliament commenced couple of weeks ago, Congress has been hellbent on disrupting both the houses in the Parliament, thereby not leaving any scope for the discussion on the goods and services tax (GST). While BJP’s shortage of majority in the Rajya Sabha comes as an added advantage for Congress, the opposition party has also been acting too obstinate to oversee a discussion on the proposed bills by constantly demanding to discuss the Vyapam scam.
Adding to this, Congress is also using the Lalit Modi controversy and is demanding the resignation of Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. The logjam doesn’t seem to end even though the minister said that she is ready to reply to any question shot by the Congress party’s top leaders, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.
Congress’ whimsical ways have now led the party to isolation in the Parliament, with leaders of several other opposition parties openly lambasting Congress leaders for their stubborn ways. Even the Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had warned that his party won’t support Congress if it continues its wilful ways. Apart from the Samajwadi Party, other opposition parties like AAP, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal too have parted ways with Congress over the stalemate situation.
The proposed NDA government’s GST legislation subsumes service tax, excise tax and other local taxes and creates an uniform tax rate across India and it can boost the country’s GDP by 1-2%. Economic progress of the country is at stake with both the houses being adjourned session after session and with just one and a half day left for the monsoon session, it’s highly unlikely that the bill is passed in the Parliament.
It’s time for the people to shout out loud, “Enough Congress, you have done too much for the country already.”