Bengaluru, Aug 10: The ongoing monsoon session was once again disrupted as the main opposition Congress, on Monday, Aug 10, continued its protest over the demand of the resignation of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesdh chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
While hitting out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on "politics of abuse", Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said, "House will function, once Sushma Swaraj discloses details of financial transactions with Lalit Modi."
"Congress is fighting for special status to Andhra Pradesh. It is about time government takes action and delivers on this", Gandhi said.
Hitting out at Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha, Gandhi said that "if she is so kind and concerned about the Lalit Modi, why did she do it secretly? Why she did not tell her ministry and the people of India?"
Gandhi opposed the PM Narendra Modi by saying that the "there are murders happening and our prime minister does not feel neccessary to comment on them. Modi praises the chief minister (Chouhan), he completely ignored the fact that the future of thousand of people are destroyed by the chief minister." [Govt, opposition lock horns ahead of Monsoon session]
Gandhi also countered the Rajasthan chief minister by saying that "there is business relation between a criminal (Lalit Modi) and the chief minister of Rajasthan", Rahul added.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and other political parties pulled out from the protest, while saying that Parliament should not be disrupted.[BJP slams Congress over repeated disruptions, says 'party adopting hit and run policy in Parliament']
"We want the Parliament to function as the democracy is not in one hand or on someone's whims and fancies", said a senior parliamentary, by backing out from the protest over resgination of leaders.
Parties such as RJD, NCP, TMC and JD(U) decided that Parliament should function without disruption.
Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm, without touching on key agendas. The monsoon session will end in four days on Thursday, Aug 13.
The monsoon session began on July 21, on a stormy note, with the government facing mounting criticism from the opposition on the Lalit Modi controversy and land acquisition ordinance issue.
On the first day of the monsoon session on Tuesday, July 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed the hope that the session would be fruitful and that promises made by some parties during the last session to allow work on priority will be kept.
While Congress made it clear that it will not allow Parliament to function unless the BJP leaders facing allegations quit, the government asserted that there will be no resignations and that it will not give in to any ultimatum.