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Congress kept petty politics above national interest: Jaitley


New Delhi, July 30:

The government on Thursday came down heavily on the main opposition Congress, saying it was not allowing a discussion on the Dinanagar terror attack in parliament due to its own “petty political interest”.

The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley addressing after laying wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti, on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas, in New Delhi on July 26, 2014.	The Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan and the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha are also seen.After Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement on the terror attack in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district of Punjab amid a din, after which the house was adjourned for the day without a debate, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley questioned the Congress’s intent.

“Sonia Gandhi should come forward and clear her party’s stand. Is petty politics more important for them than national security,” Jaitley questioned, launching an attack on the Congress.

“Can’t she instruct her party members to be united on the issues of national interest,” he said.

Congress members in the Rajya Sabha raised anti-government slogans as the home minister read out a statement around 2 p.m. on the Dinanagar terror attack. The house was soon after adjourned for the day.

“The home minister was to make a statement on the terror attack in Gurdaspur… it’s a major statement as the attack from across the border has re-occurred after a long time and is important for the parliament to discuss it,” he said.

“On a day when the country should have spoken in one voice, we did not expect the Congress to present India as a divided house… Congress (instead) chose to disrupt it for its own petty interest,” he said.

“Instead of making national security its priority, they (Congress) have made politics their priority… Even on the execution of death sentence given to 1993 Mumbai blast accused Yakub Memon, their leaders are speaking in different voices,” the union minister said.

As for the parliament logjam over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam issues, Jaitley said: “According to me, it is for the Congress to decide… it’s almost two weeks that they have staged a symbolic protest… therefore, now it is about time that parliament is allowed to function.”

“There was an opportunity for the Congress to be more responsible today (Thursday). It was an occasion when issues of national security are involved; they should have risen to the level of statesmanship… regrettably, they have failed that,” he added. (IANS)