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Congress weakening 'loktantra' with 'kutantra', alleges Naidu

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Today Hit Out At Congress Over The Issues Of Uttarakhand Political Crisis And VVIP Chopper Deal, Accusing The Opposition Party Of “weakening' Democracy By Indulging In “evil Deeds'.

PTI | Updated on: 07 May 2016, 12:07:29 AM

New Delhi :

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today hit out at Congress over the issues of Uttarakhand political crisis and VVIP chopper deal, accusing the opposition party of “weakening” democracy by indulging in “evil deeds”.

The Parliamentary Affairs minister also questioned the Congress’ demand for a SC-monitored CBI probe in the AgustaWestland chopper deal saying it did not initiate the same during its own rule when the scam took place.

It is the Modi government which cancelled the deal and handed over the matter to CBI and Enforcement Directorate, he claimed.

“We believe in Loktantra (They Believe in Kutantra). They did every Kutantra (evil deed) to weaken Loktantra (democracy),” he said in a tweet.

“Agusta Scam happened under Congress Rule; because of this country lost thousands of crores of money. They wasted full two years without taking action, we have cancelled the deal. CBI and ED are taking necessary action,” he said in a series of tweets.

Questioning its demand, he said “during Congress regime they didn’t order CBI inquiry under the SC-supervision on Agusta. Now they are asking for it. Why the new demand?”

“They are not able to hear the facts from the Defence Minister, that’s why they talk out and walk out of house, that is their style.”

The senior BJP leader also took a dig at Congress on conducting a floor test in Uttarakhand after disqualifying nine MLAs, saying it was their “new form of democracy”.

“Disqualifying the 9 MLAs in Uttarakhand and then conduct floor strength is the ‘Naya Loktantra’ (new form of democracy) of Congress,” Naidu tweeted.

The Supreme Court today ordered a floor test on Tuesday when ousted chief minister Harish Rawat will have to prove majority in the House between 11 AM and 1 PM.

The apex court also directed that the nine rebel Congress MLAs, who have challenged their disqualification by the Speaker in the High Court, will not participate in the floor test “if they have the same status” at the time of vote of confidence.

However, the petition of the disqualified MLAs will come up tomorrow before the Uttarakhand High Court. If these MLAs are allowed to vote, Rawat’s fate in the 70-member Assembly may be sealed.

President’s rule was imposed in hill state in March after it plunged into a political crisis following the rebellion of the nine legislators. 

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First Published : 07 May 2016, 12:06:00 AM