New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday issued a whip to their MPs in both Houses of the Parliament, asking them to be present as a discussion on the Rafale deal will conclude in Lok Sabha and key issues such as the triple talaq bill are likely to come up in Rajya Sabha. The Rafale deal issue is to conclude on Thursday with the reply of the government. Also Read - Must Watch | After 'Kamal, Kamal', BJP Leader's Breathless 'Corona Corona' Chant Goes Viral
The whip was issued after Opposition and the government were involved in a bitter war of words over the Rafale issue in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, with Rahul Gandhi saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi “does not have guts” to face questions in Parliament and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accusing the Congress chief of peddling “lies” and “falsehood”. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
In Rajya Sabha, the discussion is expected on the triple talaq bill and the Congress is also likely to raise the issue of political instability in Jammu and Kashmir and the re-promulgation of President’s rule in the state. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
A high drama was witnessed in the Lok Sabha over the audio clip on Rafale Deal. Congress, who tried cornered the government, said that BJP members were “terrified” of the clip in which Goa minister Vishwajit Rane purportedly told somebody that former defence minister Manohar Parrikar had a Rafale file in his bedroom.
Initiating a discussion on the Rafale issue, Gandhi had targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming that he “does not have guts” to come to Parliament to confront questions on the issue and “hides” in his room.
Later, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of “lying and repeating falsehood” on the Rafale issue and claimed that “conspirators” in past defence scams are now raising fingers at the Narendra Modi government.
Jaitley had claimed that the NDA government struck the deal under better terms as compared to the UPA government, claiming that the present deal was 9 per cent cheaper than what was finalised by the Congress government earlier.
It was expected that Rajya Sabha will take up contentious triple talaq bill, seeking to criminalise the practice of instant divorce among Muslims. But the upper house was also adjourned following the protest by the opposition. Notably, last year Lok Sabha had cleared the bill — 245 voting in favour and 11 opposing it — on Thursday amid a walkout by the Opposition.
(With PTI inputs)