Participating in the India Today Conclave here, Shah also said that there are some issues that are above politics and cited how former PM Indira Gandhi refused to discuss domestic politics on foreign soil during her visit to the UK. Had given.
“Let both the parties sit before the Speaker and discuss. They take two steps forward and we will take two steps forward. Then the Parliament will start functioning. But you just hold press conferences and do nothing, it cannot go on like this.
“Despite our initiative, there has been no offer of talks from the opposition. So who will we talk to? He is talking to the media… There is complete freedom of speech in Parliament. No one can stop you from speaking.
The minister said that Parliament works under certain rules which have not been framed by the present government. “These rules existed even in the time of their grandmother or father. They were participating in the debate with these rules, we are also participating under these rules. He has no idea about the rules and then alleges that he is not being allowed to speak. This is not acceptable,” he said.
On Rahul’s recent ‘democracy in danger’ remark in UK, Shah referred to Indira Gandhi’s comments after Emergency and when in UK shah commission The latter was formed by the Janata Party government. “A reporter had asked him (in England) how your country was doing. “We have some problems but I do not want to say anything here. My country is doing well. I will not say anything about my country. Here I am an Indian’, Shah said quoting Indira Gandhi.
The home minister also cited former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s visit to the United Nations when he was the leader of the opposition. He said that there was a Congress government at that time and it was the first and last time that the Indian delegation was headed by an opposition leader (Vajpayee) as it was a discussion on Kashmir.
“There are some issues which are about politics. I believe everyone should follow this tradition. Should we go abroad and make allegations about India..I believe Congress will have to answer this.
When asked about the timing of the Income Tax investigation launched against the BBC, he retorted: “Why is nobody asking about the timing of the BBC documentary which was released a year before the election and two decades after the event?” it was done?”
On allegations of using investigative agencies to silence the opposition, he said, “…shouldn’t corruption be probed?”