New Delhi: Peeved over attacks by the Congress and Opposition parties against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the BJP Parliamentary Party was told by former party president and defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday to retaliate, albeit within parliamentary maryada (dignity). Mr Singh asked the MPs to be prepared to take on the Opposition when they term the Prime Minister and the home minister ‘infiltrators’ and call the country’s finance minister ‘nirbala’ (powerless).
The minister, asked them to be cautious while making any statement. Mr Singh lamented that several party MPs were not regular in attending the House proceedings, underlining Mr Modi’s dissatisfaction over lack of their adequate presence at times. Rajnath asked the MPs to maintain a good attendance record and ensure their presence in Parliament during discussions on important Bills or issues. He called for the presence of party MPs when Mr Shah tables the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which is likely to be cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday.