Sonia Gandhi, PM Manmohan Singh slam BJP for disrupting Parliament, stalling bills

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today came down heavily on main opposition party BJP for disrupting Parliament proceedings and preventing crucial legislation from being passed.

"I cannot hide my deep sense of disappointment over the manner in which Parliamentary proceedings have been disrupted by the principal opposition party," Gandhi said at a function to mark four years of UPA-II rule.

"We are disappointed that we have not been able to get crucial legislation enacted entirely because of this obstructionist approach (of BJP).

Gandhi made a "fervent plea" to the NDA and other opposition parties to come together and clear the passage of the Food Security and the Land Acquisition bills, saying these were "non-partisan" issues affecting the lives of millions of people and this was not a question of government versus the opposition.

"We need to be aware that there has been a calculated effort in some quarters to deliberately falsify and create innuendos to spread misinformation and untruths," she said, adding that there was a need to be alert against them and to counter these campaigns.

Maintaining that the Prime Minister has been subjected to "unrelenting hostility and abuse" by the Opposition, Gandhi said "we respect and stand by him."

To questions on the BJP's attack on ruling UPA coalition and its four-year rule, the Prime Minister said "what else do you expect from a non-result oriented Opposition."

He said "there is lot of motivated criticism. Sometimes there are attempts to derail us."

Strongly defending the government on the issue of corruption, the UPA chairperson said graft was an issue that "agitates us all and we are uncompromising in our approach."

"We have nothing to hide. We have nothing to feel defensive about," Gandhi said, urging partymen to counter the opposition campaigns "which aimed to confuse, demoralise and thwart the government's functioning."

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