NewDelhi: After a near washout of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the government managed to pick up steam towards the end and pass some key Bills thanks to an alleged deal between the Congress and the BJP.
The smell of a deal came after the BJP was forced onto the back foot in the wake of a letter written by jailed IPS officer D G Vanzara hinting at the involvement of Narendra Modi and his Man Friday, Amit Shah, in fake encounter killings, an issue the Congress had flagged in a big way on Tuesday.
On the other hand, the BJP was threatening to rake up the alleged land scam involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Mutual silence: The BJP kept silent about the land deals of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra (left), while the Congress refrained from mentioning jailed IPS officer D G Vanzara’s (right) revelations about Narendra Modi
On Thursday, the Congress was by and large silent on Vanzara in Parliament and the BJP held back fire on Vadra.
With just two days left for the session to conclude on Friday and with many key bills yet to be passed by Parliament, finance minister P Chidambaram and parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday met senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj to broker a deal so the House returns to normalcy.
Sources say Nath hinted to the saffron leaders about the possibility of Vanzara’s letter-bomb rocking the House.
It is not clear if it was Vanzara versus Vadra, but both Houses of Parliament resumed normal work from Wednesday afternoon.
The Rajya Sabha passed the Land Acquisition Bill, the Lok Sabha approved the Pension Bill. And on Thursday, the Houses passed many bills and the government has decided to extend the session by a day to complete pending work.
BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said: “Though state-related issues were not discussed in Parliament”, his party “was willing to discuss the Vanzara issue if the charges levelled by Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka about Vadra’s land dealings were also taken up”.
“That’s why we have taken this stand – if you want to discuss IPS, then discuss IAS officer Khemka of Haryana also and then move forward,” Naidu said.
While there was no ruckus over Vanzara in the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha witnessed noisy scenes with the JDU, BSP, SP and CPI(M) raising the issue in a big way.
Much to the discomfiture of the BJP benches, these parties demanded a discussion on Vanzara’s “revelations”.
The Congress members did not back them and deputy chairman P J Kurien rejected the demand.
Castes commission’s notice to CBI and Modi government
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), egged on by the Congress, has shot off letters to CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, Gujarat chief secretaries and the DGPs of Gujarat and Rajasthan, asking to probe whether the ongoing investigation and judicial process in the Prajapati case had been manipulated.
Tulsi Prajapati was killed in an alleged fake encounter by the Gujarat Police in December 2006. A PIL was filed in the Supreme Court against BJP MPs Prakash Javadekar and Bhupendra Singh Yadav alleging that they tried to impede investigation in the case in which former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah is main accused.
Two lawyers on Thursday filed a petition before the SC seeking a direction to the CBI to take steps for recording the confession by Vanzara
~ Daily Mail