SHILLONG, Aug 21 - The BJP today attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi claiming their �egos� stalled Parliament and risked India�s peace and security.
Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju alleged here that the Monsoon Session of the Parliament was washed out due to the egos of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, while most Congress MPs wanted Parliament to function smoothly.
�Majority of the 44 Congress MPs wanted Parliament to function smoothly. I had personally spoken to some of my Congress friends. But, Congress President and Vice President scuttled the move due to their egos,� Rijiju alleged.
Claiming that the Congress president and vice president�s egos have resulted in important Governmental developmental agendas not being realised, like passing of the GST Bill and the Land Acquisition Bill, Rijiju said, rights of 480 MPs were snatched by a handful.
�There is no guarantee the Congress would allow functioning of the Winter Session of the Parliament. So, we are going to the people and seeking support for the Parliament to function smoothly. We got the largest mandate to run the Government,� he added.
On peace and security, he said, Congress Chief Ministers from the North East �did a U-turn on the Naga Peace Accord under pressure from Congress president�, which he said was �not good for National security and peace.�
Rijiju said the Congress CMs �initially welcomed the Naga peace accord signed by the NDA Government.� The Union Minister�s reference was to CMs from Assam Tarun Gogoi, Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki and Manipur Ibobi Singh, who sought details about the accord and was critical about it.
�The Congress president put them (Congress CMs) under pressure by parading them before the media in New Delhi and forcing them to criticise the Naga Peace Accord,� Rijiju said.
Stating that criticising the accord for political consideration and under compulsion would only put peace and security of the region in jeopardy, Rijiju added: �the Congress has not done well.�
In August, the Central Government signed the framework of the Naga Peace Accord with the NSCN (IM) to end insurgency in Nagaland. The accord was signed by Government Interlocutor RN Ravi and Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman and Th Muivah, General Secretary of the NSCN (IM).
Refusing to comment on the details of the accord, Rijiju said it is only the framework of the accord, which was agreed upon and the final accord is yet to be agreed upon.
�The accord was signed as a confidence building measure. There is nothing like point one two three to disclose about. This is the framework and not the final accord,� the Minister said.