Congress has accused government of playing “brazen mischief” by proposing to bring today the unlisted Juvenile Justice Bill in Rajya Sabha, alleging it was to “defame the opposition” and divert attention from DDCA issue.
“Let them not do this mischief. This is a total brazen mischief on the part of the government…. This is only to divert the attention of the opposition from raising other issues, about DDCA,” Ghulam Nabi Azad said after Congress disrupted proceeding in both the Houses demanding resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for alleged graft in Delhi and District Cricket Association.
Asked if Congress will support the bill, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said, “Yes, we have said bring it tomorrow. Let them bring it tomorrow.”
He added that supporting is not the question. “The question is it should come before the House. There are 27 opposition parties and we will discuss it tomorrow,” he said.
Azad accused the government of making a “clever” attempt to defame the opposition.
“You see the cleverness. This is called cleverness. Bring it tomorrow because it is not listed. It is an after-thought.
“This is only to divert the attention of the opposition from raising other issues, about DDCA, so that we do not raise the DDCA issue. Bring the Juvenile Justice Bill, so that they will be abused left and right by mediapersons. Please don’t get into that trap,” he said outside Parliament.
The Leader of Opposition said he told the government at the all party meeting to bring this Bill before the House, but it was not listed in today’s business.
“Now it is an after-thought, so that the opposition does not rake up the issue of the Finance Minister. So they said it is OK we will bring up this bill and pass this also. Just to defame the opposition,” he said.
Asking government to bring the Juvenile Justice bill tomorrow, Azad said the SC/ST Bill should be brought today as it is listed.
He said whatever is listed today in the original list will be passed and asked for bringing the Juvenile Justice bill tomorrow.
The Juvenile Justice Bill was included in supplementary list of business today.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Digvijay Singh today alleged that there appears a prima facie case of corruption in DDCA “controlled by” Arun Jaitley.
“There appears to be a prima facie case of irregularities and corruption in DDCA controlled by Arun Jaitley,” Singh said on micro-blogging site twitter.