Congress President Sonia Gandhi is clearly in no mood to give the BJP any quarter.
Addressing members of the Congress Parliamentary party meet before Parliament, Gandhi slammed the BJP, saying that blackmail was the bread and butter of the party.
"Have said it many times before and will say it again the government and Prime Minister are always prepared for discussion and debate on any issue," she said.
The Congress President also reportedly said that the BJP had scant respect for Parliament, adding that the party was mocking the people of India.
"It is a matter of shame that Parliament is not allowed to function...It is the handiwork of just one party, the BJP," she said.
The actions of the BJP shows what scant respect the party had for democratic values and it was made evident by their senior leader calling them 'illegitimate', despite the UPA having received a clear mandate from the people. Gandhi said .
She insisted that there was nothing for the government to be fearful about, and urged her partymen to fight the "intemperate politics of the Opposition", saying that they had performed well during its tenure in power.
"We must fight wrong criticism and negative politics of BJP. We have nothing to hide and we must oppose them", she said.
Gandhi's comments come even as all indications are that Parliament will not function for the sixth day in a row. The BJP continues to insist that the Prime Minister resign, while the Congress remains firm in its stand that this will not happen, insisting instead on a Parliamentary debate.
Her address to the general body meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party, was her first interaction with party MPs after the Coalgate controversy broke out.
In fact, Sonia’s address is expected to form the basis of the party’s counterattack in Parliament on Tuesday as several party MPs are planning to give notices in the Lok Sabha for a discussion on the issue under Rule 193, which does not entail voting.
With inputs from agencies