Let parliament function, NDA exhorts opposition

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Members of the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance on Friday staged a protest at the parliament complex here, urging the Congress to let the ongoing monsoon session of parliament function smoothly.

They taunted the Congress for targeting Bharatiya Janata Party leaders over the Vyapam scam and a controversy about the links of some BJP leaders with former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

“A party (Congress) which is embroiled in corruption talks of clean politics. Very strange situation,” Shiromani Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral told reporters.

The protesting MPs held placards that read: “Save democracy, let parliament function.”

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar asked: “Why is the Congress running away from a debate, something which they had asked for?”

They also demanded the resignation of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, alleging he was involved in a liquor scam during the 2013 floods in the state.

“The Uttarakhand chief minister and his personal secretary were involved in a liquor scam and loot during the Uttarakhand floods,” union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference.

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