Cong Wanted to Block GST Bill, Swaraj Was Excuse: Parrikar

Cong Wanted to Block GST Bill, Swaraj Was Excuse: Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today alleged Congress' main "gameplan" behind disrupting Parliament was to block the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, which he said if passed would have given a major boost to the country's economy and put brakes on black money generation.

Holding Congress responsible for the wash-out of the entire monsoon session, he said,"The clamour for Sushma Swaraj's resignation was just an excuse. Congress's main gameplan behind disrupting Parliament was to block the GST and thereby block the country's economic growth."

"A uniform taxation system like the GST would have put brakes on black money generation and boosted the country's economy which the Congress did not want as it would have been another feather in the cap of Narendra Modi government which is doing well on economic and defence fronts," Parrikar told reporters here at a press conference here.

Parrikar said,"Decisions are being taken and things are on the move."

The positive indications that are going out of the country under Narendra Modi's leadership has not gone down well with the Congress, he said.

Congress is still not been able to swallow its rout in the Lok Sabha polls last year, he said, adding the party that without power is like a spoilt child whose "favourite toy has been snatched away."

The conference was held as part of the party's programme to expose Opposition Congress over the virtual wash-out of Parliament's month-long monsoon session.

The BJP leader also accused the previous UPA government at the Centre of avoiding stern action against Lalit Modi.

"If the Congress-led government was serious about taking action against the former IPL boss it would have booked him under the money laundering act and not FEMA under which an offender can neither be declared an absconder nor served with a warrant," he said.

"By booking Lalit Modi under FEMA, the UPA was obviously shying away from acting tough against him and many others who were hand-in-glove with him.

"He was booked under FEMA in 2010 and the Congress was in power till 2014. Why wasn't any stern action initiated against the former IPL chairman all those years.

"If the UPA was serious about acting tough it would have initiated criminal proceedings against him under the Money Laundering Act and not FEMA," Parrikar said.

Claiming that the real action against Lalit Modi was initiated by Narendra Modi government, he said a warrant was issued against the former IPL chairman on July 26.

When asked whether wash-out of the Parliament session did not show the helplessness of 440 MPs at the hands of 44 recalcitrant MPs, Parrikar replied in the negative saying those who did not let Parliament function had only exposed themselves.

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