With the monsoon session of Parliament turning out to be a washout, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reportedly asked NDA MPs to expose the Congress across the country for disrupting both the Houses all through the session. The government is also thinking of convening a short session in September to secure the passage of some crucial bills, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, some reports said quoting sources.
"We accept this undemocratic challenge by the Congress and will take it to the people. Our people will go to every nook and corner to expose the Congress, which is trying to stop the growth of the country... Congress party wants to save the family, while BJP wants to save the country as it is our principle," PTI quoted Modi as saying in his address at a meeting of the NDA parliamentary party.
The prime minister reportedly asked NDA MPs, including the ministers, to stage a month-long campaign all over the country and stage protests particularly in the constituencies represented by Congress and Left MPs.
In about half-an-hour address, the prime minister said the government is committed to the welfare of the poor and deprived sections. He said the government is trying to resolve the pending disputes one by one and cited examples of Naga peace accord and land boundary pact with Bangladesh.
The NDA parliamentary party also passed a resolution against the "deliberate and forcible" disruption of the monsoon session by the Congress and called upon the people to see through "patently undemocratic" behaviour of the party, PTI reported.
The NDA MPs also took out a "Save Democracy March" from Vijay Chowk to Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament.
Speaker slams Congress
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan also accused the Congress of disrupting parliamentary proceedings "without any issues", as she insisted that "democracy does not mean you do what you want to", IANS reported citing her TV interview.
"There were no issues. the Congress always said they (the ministers) should first resign and then they will have a debate. This should not have happened... We are a democracy, but it does not mean you do what you want to," Mahajan told India Today news channel.
Brief session likely next month
With hardly any business during the monsoon session, which started on 21 July and ended on Thursday, some TV channels reported quoting sources that a two or three-day session could be convened next month.
Earlier in the day, the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs decided not to recommend immediate prorogation of the Houses. Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die on Thursday.
However, some reports said that the government might convene a brief session in September to secure the passage of GST bill and some other legislation.