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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

BJP using language of 'Mafiosi': Congress

As Parliament proceedings were disrupted for the second consecutive day over Opposition's demand of adjournment motions, Congress today stepped up the attack on BJP accusing it of using the "language of Mafiosi" for its comments that rising inflation could lead to violence.

Party spokesperson Rashid Alvi also slammed BJP for its decision to boycott Home Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament and ridiculed NDA's decision asking its MPs to declare that they have no black-money abroad.

"Yesterday, BJP said there could be violence in the country due to price rise. Such irresponsible statement by the opposition party is unfortunate. In what direction, the main opposition wants to take the country whose foundation is based on non-violence. This language is not political. It looks this is the language of Mafiosi," Alvi said.

Attacking the government for rising inflation and continued price rise in the absence of any concrete steps, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha had yesterday feared that it may become a reason for people to vent their anger through violence.

Alvi said the attitude of the Opposition in the last two days of the session shows how "irresponsible" it is and exposes how much regard BJP has for Parliament.

He said it was unfortunate that opposition parties continued with disruptions even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had himself assured them about the government's willingness to discuss any issue raised by them.

BJP sources maintained that the price rise issue is as dear to the party as to the Left, it agreed to support the latter as it is moving the adjournment motion on black money.

This opposition unity does not augur well for the government which is desperate to run the two Houses smoothly so that several pending Bills can be passed.

BJP quashed rumours that the government had reached out to it today to end the stalemate in Parliament. Sources said the government had held a luncheon meeting with the Left parties yesterday but since the latter got no assurance on holding the price rise debate under Rule 184 (which entails voting) till late evening, it forced an adjournment today.

Ahluwalia said the opposition wanted a debate on price rise though the issue has been discussed in Parliament earlier too as the government had failed in its promise made in the last session that it will take effective steps to check spiralling costs of commodities.

"Now Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has accepted that there has been a mistake in making estimates and the government has failed in controlling prices," Ahluwalia said.

Similarly, on the issue of Black money the BJP leader said since France has recently shared with our government the names of Indian foreign account holders, it is important to discuss the matter and press for making these names public.

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