Ramesh says he does not see “middle path” to end the logjam in Parliament

New Delhi, March 19 (KMS): Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has said that he does not see a “middle path” to end the logjam in Parliament as the Opposition’s demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the Adani issue was “non-negotiable” and the question of an apology over Rahul Gandhi’s remarks in the UK does not arise.

Jairam Ramesh in a media interview said the government is rattled by 16 Opposition parties coming together to demand a JPC probe into the Adani issue and is resorting to a “3D orchestrated campaign — distort, defame and divert”.

The former minister also hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party MP Nishikant Dubey’s efforts to seek termination of Rahul Gandhi’s membership of Lok Sabha over his remarks in the UK, saying all this was “intimidation” and part of efforts to distract from the real issues.

The remarks by the Congress leader come amid the logjam in Parliament over Gandhi’s remarks during his recent trip to the UK, with both houses failing to transact any significant business on the first five days of the budget session’s second half.

Asked if there is any chance of finding a middle path to break the current logjam in Parliament with the BJP sticking to its demand of Rahul Gandhi’s apology and Congress seeking a JPC probe into the Adani issue, Ramesh said, “I don’t see any middle path because our demand for a JPC is non-negotiable and the question of an apology does not arise.”

“In order to divert attention from this legitimate and reasonable demand for a JPC, the BJP is insisting on an apology. An apology for what, the current Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has repeatedly in China, Germany, South Korea and in various parts of the world used forums to raise domestic political issues and to criticise his political opponents. He should be making an apology. Why Rahul Gandhi should be making any apology for highlighting what the state of democracy is in our country today,” he said.

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