New Delhi: "Butchers cannot be preachers", Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said, mounting a counteroffensive against Congress, which has accused the Modi government of "murdering democracy" by imposing President's rule in Uttarakhand.
"Butchers cannot be Preachers". Congress which dismissed more than 100 non-congress governments. right from E M S Namboodiripad, under article 356, is now criticising BJP. Ridiculous!," Naidu said on twitter on a day Congress disrupted proceedings in Parliament over bringing Uttarakhand under central rule.
Naidu had earlier targeted Congress calling it "mother of defections".
"The Congress government at the Centre dismissed E M S Namboodiripad's first democratically-elected Left government in Kerala, despite its majority in the Legislative Assembly in 1959," Naidu had said against the backdrop of Left joining hands with Congress in targeting the Centre over the political developments in Uttarkhand.
Facing opposition onslaught over the Uttarakhand issue, the Modi government has decided to take rivals head-on, citing instances of states being placed under central rule when Congress, Janata Party and United Front were in power.
An internal documemnt circulated in the government notes that out of 111 times President's rule has been imposed since 1951, "Congress governments and those propped by it imposed it 91 times" including "45 times during the 16-year tenure of Indira Gandhi" and "10 times during the 10-year rule of Manmohan Singh".
Parliament session began today with a face-off between the ruling and opposition benches as the Modi government was slammed over imposition of President's Rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.
Amid opposition demand for a discussion on the issue, Congress members created a ruckus in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, accusing the BJP-led dispensation of toppling democratically-elected governments of opposition parties, a charge rejected by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.