‘Arrogant’ Modi government has cast dark shadow on parliamentary democracy: Sonia

NEW DELHI: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of delaying the Winter Session of Parliament on “flimsy grounds”, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday said the government in its “arrogance” has cast a dark shadow on the country’s Parliamentary democracy.
Asserting that the government wanted to avoid questions and answers ahead of the Gujarat elections, she warned the NDA regime that it cannot escape constitutional accountability by “locking the temple of democracy”.
Gandhi also said the prime minister had the “audacity to hold a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill-prepared and flawed GST but
he lacks the courage to face Parliament”.
Addressing the Congress Working Committee, which met here to finalise the schedule for the election of the next Congress chief, Gandhi said that despite Modi’s failure to adhere to the promises made during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, he continues making “false promises”.
“The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds. The government is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat,” Gandhi said in her opening remarks.
She said Parliament is the forum in which questions should be asked — questions about corruption in high places, conflict of interest of serving ministers and dubious defence deals.
“Government will be obliged to answer these questions, but in order to avoid the questions and answers ahead of Gujarat elections, the government has taken the extraordinary step of not holding a winter session when it should be held,” she said.
Training her guns on the prime minister over his poll promises and claims on the economic front, Gandhi accused the government of “building the fortunes of a handful while destroying the future of the poor”.