BJP to oppose cutting short winter session of Parliament

BJP to oppose cutting short winter session of Parliament

 Amid reports that government may curtail the winter session of Parliament due to continuing disruptions, BJP today said it is against any such move as it wants crucial legislation like Lokpal Bill to be passed and corner the Congress-led UPA on issues of corruption.

With Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj returning today after attending the memorial service of Nelson Mandela, BJP top brass was huddled in Parliamentary Party Chief L K Advani's residence to chalk out its strategy for the remaining period of the winter session.

"We discussed the issues at length. We are surprised that when discussions were going on for extending the winter session, there is a sudden talk of cutting it short. We are surprised. We have today decided that the session should go on," Deputy Leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the meeting.

BJP alleged government is running away from facing Parliament and is hence mulling over cutting short the session.

"The entire disruption in Parliament is by parties supportive of government or by Congress MPs itself. We want important legislation to be passed and we want answers from the government on Augusta Westland deal in which senior functionaries of the government might be involved," Prasad said.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, President Rajnath Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi, M Venkaiah Naidu, Yashwant Sinha, Ananth Kumar and Prakash Javadekar were present in the meeting.

"We have to raise a whole lot of questions against this government. On corruption, there have been very serious allegations of kickbacks related to Augusta Westland deal in which there are chances of big names of Congress coming to the forefront. So, we want to raise all these issues,"said Prasad.

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