Congress on Wednesday utilised L K Advani’s displeasure over protests in Parliament on the demonetisation issue to tell the government to heed to the “good advice” of the BJP veteran to get the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha going.
“I thank him. Advani has brought correct perspective to the whole issue. Responsibility of the government to make sure that maximum work is done during the session”.
“Advani is one of the senior most Parliamentarians. We hope the government will take his good advice”, party spokesperson Sushmita Dev told reporters.
“L K Advani is a very senior leader of the BJP and has been in Parliament for a long time. BJP considers Advani ji as their ‘margdarshak’ and guru. I expect that the BJP is not hearing out the opposition, but at least BJP should hear out their ‘margdarshak’,” Dev said
She said that the BJP veteran has in his emotional remarks has made it known that he is “unhappy with floor management...what is happening in the House.”
Dev claimed that the Congress was following what Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told MPs after the last Lok Sabha elections. She said Mahajan had said that while opposition should have its say, treasury benches should have its way.
With noisy protests continuing to stall Parliament for the third week, Advani today expressed deep distress over the way the Lok Sabha proceedings were being conducted, saying neither the Speaker nor the Parliamentary Affairs Minister was running the House.
A visibly agitated Advani was heard expressing his unhappiness to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar over the continuing protests in the House at a time when some opposition members had even come to the side of ruling benches raising slogans in the Well.