New Delhi: As Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders protested against suspension of their MPs, BJP Parliamentary Party today accused it of being a "destructive" opposition and passed a resolution against its "obstructionist and anti-development" policies.
On a day Congress MPs led by Gandhi sat on a dharna to protest the Speaker's decision to suspend 25 of their MPs from Lok Sabha, the ruling party lashed out at Gandhi for calling it a "black day for democracy" and raked up the imposition of Emergency to criticise it.
With the main opposition party unrelenting on its demand for the resignation of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, BJP said there was "no basis" for such a demand and the parliamentary party stands with them.
"Congress has abdicated the responsibilities of a constructive opposition and is using its numerical strength in Parliament, especially in Rajya Sabha, to adopt a negative strategy. BJP Parliamentary party condemns the obstructionist, narrow and anti-development mindsent of Congress as it will have a serious and adverse influence in long term on the country which is emerging as an important economic power in the world," said the resolution passed in the meeting, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and most of his ministerial colleagues.
Congress has become a "destructive" opposition party, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters after the meeting.