NEW DELHI (TIP): In a clear disregard to parliamentary norms, Congress and BJP were engaged in a bitter placard war on July 23 to score political points over scams plagueing both the parties.
The standoff between the two could wash out legislative business of the entire opening week of the Monsoon Session. Though opposition parties have been using placards besides slogan shouting inside both the Houses, ruling party lawmakers rarely use posters as means of protest. The BJP MPs, however, breached that parliamentary practice when some of them held placards in LS to highlight scams under the Congress regime in order to counter similar move by the opposition members.
Hinting Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s alleged illegal land purchases, one the BJP posters scripted in Hindi stated: “Ulta chor kotwal ko daante, kisano ki zameen damaad ko baante (Like a thief rebuking cops, farmers’ land is given to the son-in-law).”
“C for corruption, C for Congress” and “Congress ka raaj jahan, ghotalon ki baadh wahan (scams flood wherever Congress rules)” were other two placards waved by BJP members. Congress MPs who have been wearing black bands and displaying posters since Wednesday demanding resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two CMs — Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje — for their alleged involvement in Lalitgate and Vyapam scam, did again for the second day, adding some more catchy lines.