House will function once Swaraj answers questions: Rahul

The Congress vice president also said that parliament would function after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj disclosed her family’s financial transactions with former Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi, facing investigation by the Enforcement Directorate. “She should tell the country exactly how much money Lalit Modi has paid to her family“, he said. But, we have raised a basic issue. The lower house has not been able to function even for a day since the monsoon session of parliament started on July 21.


Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is making banal and pointless allegations against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

“Please explain to the country and the people of India, how much money of Lalit Modi has come into your bank account and that of your family”. He was referring to the fact that Ms Swaraj said she had acted entirely on humanitarian considerations to enable Mr Lalit Modi to be present in Lisbon, Portugal where his wife Minal Modi was due to undergo a surgery for cancer on August 4 past year. “The PM ignores that there is a business relationship between a criminal and the Rajasthan Chief Minister”.

Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary on Monday asserted that an “arrogant” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) needs to come to its senses in order to make Parliament function and warned that the government will soon realize that they are not capable of governing the nation.

Lashing out at Narendra Modi for the silence he maintained in the entire controversy, Rahul Gandhi said “Our Prime Minister doesn’t feel it necessary to comment on it, he completely ignores fact”. “If BJP Government is interested in running Parliament, then it will reach out to the opposition which has been agitating for the cause of people and raising the issue of corruption”, party spokesman RPN Singh said in reply to a volley of questions. “There have been no one-to-one meetings at the senior level and even inside Parliament, the attitude is to bulldoze the opposition instead of trying to bring us on board”, the Congress leader quoted above said. “Proceedings in both the houses have been disrupted by the Congress-led opposition”, he wrote.


Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had on Saturday voiced his displeasure over the appointment of Mr. Kovind, saying he got the information about his appointment through the media. “It is unfortunate in the way House is being conducted….”

Firm stand Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress Vice
President addressing the media separately outside Parliament House