The BJP, which had decided to use the Robert Vadra-DLF land deal controversy to target Congress president Sonia Gandhi, faced opposition from non-NDA parties on Tuesday. While the SP and BSP openly supported her, the Left parties and JD(U) took a passive stand, seeming to outline the contours of future political alignments.
In the morning, the BJP and its allies disrupted proceedings in both houses of parliament. But in the absence of support from other parties, it had to allow normal transaction of business in the second half. Top BJP functionaries said the party wanted to continue to raise this issue in parliament but, given the reluctance of other parties, it may be forced to take it up in public fora outside parliament.
“I would like to say that if Sonia is held responsible, our party does not agree with it. If someone does something wrong, his or her relations should not be punished. On the allegations against Vadra, how can Sonia be held responsible?” said BSP supremo Mayawati.
SP leader Naresh Aggarwal said the BJP was “politicising” the issue. “I don’t agree with the BJP’s slogan of ‘sarkari damaad’. We are not in agreement with the politicisation of the issue and dragging Sonia into it. I don’t see how she can be held responsible,” he said.
While maintaining that it was a “serious issue of corruption”, senior CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said it cannot be discussed in parliament as it is a state subject. “It is a serious case of corruption. Link with people in high places is also a factor...All culprits should be brought to book,” he said.
But CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia maintained that there was nothing wrong in the issue being raised in parliament. “If there is any misuse of power or any irregularity, members have the right to raise it,” he said. Seeking a judicial probe into the “fraudulent land deal”, he said, “action should be taken against the guilty, whosoever he may be.”
Senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury also said that all cases of corruption must be probed and the guilty punished. These issues must also be discussed in the house, he said. The party’s Rajya Sabha members, however, chose to watch silently when NDA and AIADMK members raised the issue in the house.
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said, “There are several business schools across the world that come out with business models