BJP to boycott meetings called by speaker, Kamal Nath

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Signifying a “total breakdown”, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday announced it would not be attending any meetings called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar or Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.

Addressing a press conference, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj also attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for inciting MPs and ministers to disrupt her speech in the Lok Sabha earlier in the morning.

“It is a situation of total breakdown but the government is responsible not me,” Sushma Swaraj said, adding that the “countdown” for the government’s fall had begun.

The leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha also said Gandhi had no respect for democratic institutions.

“The Congress chief incited ministers to interrupt my speech. The Congress president does not care about Indian democracy and she does not believe in democratic institutions,” she said.

Irrespective of what was decided at all-party meets, the Congress president dictates what happens in parliament, the BJP leader said.

“I was expecting the Lok Sabha speaker (Meira Kumar) to come to my support as it was agreed upon at the all-party meeting Monday that I could make a statement on reasons for BJP disrupting parliament. But Congress members began interrupting me within two minutes of my speech,” she said.

“The speaker did not come to my support and in fact told me to sit down. The BJP has decided not to attend any meetings called by the speaker and not engage in any talks with the parliamentary affairs minister,” she said.

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