New Delhi, The Congress on Friday said the monsoon session of parliament, which ended on Thursday, showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not believe in democracy, and blamed the ruling party for the logjam that stalled business in the almost four-week session.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, in a press conference here, said the parliament session proved that the BJP did not believe in consensus and democracy.
Holding the BJP responsible for the parliament logjam, he said the ruling party did not want the house to run. Azad also said the party is “intoxicated” with power.
No major legislative business could be transacted in either house of parliament since July 21 when parliament convened till August 13 when it adjourned sine die.
BJP President Amit Shah on Sunday said that the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was “very necessary” and added that the government was working on building a consensus with stakeholders in the northeast.
Addressing the media here, Amit Shah also said that the government had brought the bill after much thought and Home Minister Rajnath Singh was holding consultations with various people to address the opposition to the issue.
“There are two sides of a coin. There are decisions that some like and some don’t… The fate of huge number of refugees can’t be kept hanging in the balance and we are firm on it,” he said.
Asked what would be the BJP’s stand if suggestions come to withdraw the Bill as it has created unrest in the entire northeast, Amit Shah said: “Home Minister is holding discussions with political parties. Discussion with some parties have already taken place. If consensus emerges, we will definitely move ahead but the Citizenship Bill is highly necessary for the country.”
The Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014.
Political parties and civic groups in the northeast say if this is implemented, “outsiders” will overwhelm the local population.
The BJP President was also committed to build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.