Misinformation by Sushma Swaraj – Opposition to move motion privileges

privilege motion is a notice by any member of either House of a state legislature or Parliament, against anyone who is accused of breach of privilege.

Yesterday, the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj slammed the Opposition for alleging that the foreign policy was faulty and strongly rejected the charge that India was standing isolated at the world stage.

She asserted in the Rajya Sabha that India was setting a strong world agenda under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She answered all the questions raised by the Congress. However, the Opposition is most likely to issue two motion privileges against her in Rajya Sabha today.

The motions will be moved against her over two issues – Misinformation on Prime Minister Modi’s Lahore 2015 visit and the Bandung Asia Africa relations conference.

Swaraj told the Parliament that there was no terror incident after the Modi visit to Lahore. This statement stands falsely for the Opposition as they claimed that the Pathankot terror attack happened immediately after his visit and it was also followed by five other such incidents.

Swaraj said that she did not deliver any speech in the Bandung conference, however, the opposition has downloaded a purported speech and will attach it as a proof. She also said that the speech they were referring to was delivered at another Afro-Asian conference held separately.

The Congress is also not happy with Swaraj’s two different distinct views on the China issue. The Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Let me remind Sushma Swaraj that out of courtesy we did not interrupt. What I had said catering to the Congress Party is concerned; we are very clear that we stand with the government as one. When it comes to China issue; India shall speak in one voice- there will be no two opinions on that. Sushma Swaraj should not have tried to break that opposition consensus and unity. When India is united why is the government keen on creating a division and breaking the consensus.”

 

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