BJP slams Rahul Gandhi for ‘strolling out’ of parliamentary panel assembly

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 17

The BJP on Thursday slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for “walking out of a Parliamentary Committee on Defence” on Wednesday.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said “in the last 1.5 years, out of the total 14 meetings, he attended just two and wasn’t even present in the agenda-setting meeting”.

“He has torn ordinance in the past and continues to disrespect Constitutional institutions,” he said a day after Gandhi and other Congress leaders walked out of a meeting of the committee, alleging  that the panel’s time was being wasted in discussing armed forces’ uniform instead of the crucial issue of national security.

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Rahul Gandhi himself remains absent and then blames the government and all procedures, the minister claimed.

“Himself not attending the meetings and conveying desired agenda, and then making imputation of not discussing important issues is an insult to all parliamentary procedures and constitutional institutions,” Javadekar added.

Noting that proceedings of the committees are secret, the minister said Parliamentary panels are not for delivering speeches or staging political protests.

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