Apart from pressing for the removal of Union ministers Swaraj and Smriti Irani, opposition parties have indicated that they would raise the issue of scams and controversies allegedly involving BJP chief ministers-Chouhan, Raje and Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh and demand their resignations.
Azad stated that it was upto Prime Minister Narendra Modi to determine whether or not the monsoon session of the Parliament will run or not.
Preparing the ground to counter the Opposition during the Monsoon Session, the Modi government said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will make a statement in Parliament on her role in the Lalit Modi episode.
At the meeting convened by Naidu, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad insisted that resignations are necessary for the smooth functioning of Parliament. “Ahead of the crucial polls in Bihar, the party wants to send out a clear message that all the allegations made against senior leaders do not hold any ground”, said a BJP leader.
Among the party’s media faces who met Mr. Shah were M.J. “The party is solidly behind both our Chief Ministers”, said Mr. Sharma after the meeting.
The BJP would also be explaining the leaders’ stand to its allies.
Moreover, PM Narendra Modi called the maiden meet of all NDA constituents on Monday.
Both the leaders are being targeted by the Opposition but the BJP is firmly backing the two Chief Ministers and has planned a strong counter offensive against the Congress, which is leading the onslaught.
Among the NDA partners opposing the land bill are the Akali Dal, LJP and Shiv Sena. Swaraj is also accused of helping Lalit Modi. The meetings were aimed at laying the groundwork for fortifying the government’s house strategy to brazen it out, party sources said.
All the three reform Bills were high on the government’s agenda in the previous Budget Session but could not be passed due to reservations from the Opposition.
According to sources, the government is not keen on taking up land bill in parliament during the Monsoon Session.
“But when any bill is sent to joint standing or select committee, the reason behind it is that all political parties can gain an opportunity to build consensus”.
It was felt that the Congress has no business to demand Chouhan’s resignation since he had himself pressed for a CBI probe in the Vyapam scam.