The Congress party on Monday interrupted the functioning of Rajya Sabha, demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for targeting Sonia Gandhi over the AgustaWestland scam.
Senior party leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma led the offence against BJP in the Upper House and demanded the Prime Minister to attend the debates inside the Parliament, rather than making baseless allegations outside the House.
Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Prime Minister Modi while addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu attacked Congress President Sonia Gandhi, raking up her Italian connections. Modi said, ‘I have never been to Italy. But the courts of Italy have themselves exposed Sonia Gandhi’”. Azad urged the Chair to demand an apology from Modi, for the defamatory comments. “How can the Prime Minister of the nation make such loose remarks?”
Meanwhile, Anand Sharma demanded the BJP to convince their Leader of Lok Sabha, Narendra Modi to appear in the Parliament and take part in the ongoing debate. “Why doesn’t he speak inside the Parliament? In some cases, it necessary to be factual than being all rhetoric,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the “terrorised” Congress is trying to project the AgustaWestland scam as August revolution, adding that it won’t get any political benefit from doing so.
Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, P J Kurien appealed Congress to allow the Zero Hour to resume. However, the of protesting party MPs trooped into the well of the House slogans against Modi. Following the uproar, the Upper House was adjourned first till 11:42 am and later till 12:36 pm.