Govt scared of facing Parliament: Venkaiah

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New Delhi, Aug 27 (UNI) The BJP today alleged that the UPA government had skipped the Monsoon session as it was scared of facing Parliament.

''It is for the first time in Parliament history that the Monsoon session will not place in July-August. Now the government says Parliament will meet in October only,'' senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said.

Accusing the government of not taking the people of the country into confidence for the delay in convening the Parliament session, the former BJP president said the UPA government, particularly Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ''was very scared'' of facing the Opposition on many counts.

''Besides the Indo-US nuclear deal, issues like the "cash for vote" scam, for which the UPA is already in the dock, the present mess on the Amarnath issue which has plunged Jammu and Kashmir into turmoil, price rise and unprecedented inflation, scarcity of fertilizers and the spurt in terrorist activities are matters on which the government has no convincing answer,'' he said.

''We condemn the government's attitude of not taking the people into confidence. In a democracy, how can it ignore Parliament for so long?'' he said.

Meanwhile, the party welcomed the decision of the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangharsh Samiti (SAYSS) to postpone its today's rally in view of the fidayeen attack in the state. It was a step in the right direction and the SAYSS has shown that it gives utmost priority to national interest, he added.

BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the government must reveal the outcome of its meetings with the SAYSS to break the stalemate on the Amarnath land issue.

The BJP still believed that normalcy could only be restored if the land was given back to the Amarnath Board, he said, adding that it did not subscribe to the view that land for Yatris would have any effect on the demographical status in the valley.

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