Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal
New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal Tuesday said BJP’s tactics of obstructing functioning of parliament over its demands reeked of fascism and accused the opposition party of a “diabolical design to subvert the system”.

While the Congress has rejected the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) demand for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Bansal rejected its demand of cancellation of allotment of the coal blocks.

He said the BJP was negating the parliamentary system with its tactics to stall parliament over its demand for the prime minister’s resignation over the report on coal block allocation by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Bansal said the BJP was not prepared for discussion under any rules and was feeling free in its “self-proclaimed majesty of self-isolation”.

He said the BJP concedes that the government has a majority in the house but wants its view to prevail.

“This is nothing short of fascism… it reminds you of fascism,” Bansal said.

He said the opposition party had no faith in parliamentary devices.

On the coal blocks allotment, he said: “I can say it in my personal capacity that there is no question of cancelling the allotments as nothing wrong has been done.”

Bansal’s attack on BJP came on a day Congress party president Sonia Gandhi also lambasted the party for stalling proceedings of the house since last week.

Source: IANS