The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being in contempt of Parliament by not being present in either the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday or in the Lok Sabha during the passage of the GST Bill. “It is a matter of regret that the Prime Minister could not spare even five minutes to be present during the passage of the legislation which he had labelled as progressive and revolutionary,” party spokesman Jairam Ramesh aid here, adding, “This is a PM-mukt Parliament.”

This was the first occasion in independent India that the Prime Minister was not present during the passage of a Constitution amendment Bill, and this was the 122nd time the Constitution had been amended, he said.

Contempt of Parliament

Describing it as contempt of Parliament, he said, “The Prime Minister was not on a foreign tour: he was sitting in his office in Parliament.”

Taking a swipe at Mr. Modi, he said that while the latter had hailed the Constitution as his Bhagvad Gita, he had chosen to remain absent when the 19th chapter of the ‘Gita’ was being written.

The former Union Minister suggested that the Prime Minister could have deliberately stayed away from the Parliament given that as the Gujarat Chief Minister, he had opposed GST for three years.

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