Congress to attack Centre for 'using all tricks' to destabilise opposition ruled states

New Delhi: Buoyed by the restoration of its governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Congress on Sunday said it will target the Modi dispensation for "using all tricks" to destabilise opposition ruled states which no longer trusted the Centre.

The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also cited developments in Kashmir and India's failed bid for NSG membership as other issues on which his party will attack the treasury benches in the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning Monday.

File image of Ghulam Nabi Azad. Reuters

File image of Ghulam Nabi Azad. Reuters

The Congress will extend merit-based support to bills which are pro-people and pro-growth, he told reporters after attending the all-party meeting called by the government. Taking potshots at Modi over his call for cooperation between the Centre and states at the Inter-State Council meeting yesterday, Azad said even Punjab government in which BJP is junior partner, attacked it for "undermining" states.

Congress agreed with the Prime Minister's comments that states should share terror-related intelligence with the Centre, he said, adding BJP itself did politics over terrorism.

He also referred to the "abuse" of Governor's office to topple state governments. "All tricks were used. States no longer trust the Centre," he said, referring to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's suggestion for abolishing the post of Governor.

He also referred to UP Governor Ram Naik's reported defence of arms training to Hindu right organisation Bajrang Dal's cadres. "If government starts giving training to such organisations, then you can understand....where does terrorism begin from," Azad said.

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia played down the talks between his party and the government to break the impasse over the long-pending GST bill and said they wanted the government to share with them the draft legislation.

"We can give a response only after we receive a written draft from the government," he said as he rejected the contention that the Congress was blocking the bill, saying GST was "a baby given birth" by his party. He also referred to the issue of alleged migration of Hindus from Kairana town in Uttar Pradesh, contending it was aimed at stoking communal tension. He said Congress party will take it up during the session.

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Updated Date: Jul 17, 2016 18:25:03 IST

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