Cong, BJP take swipes at each other in LS

New Delhi: Congress and BJP on Tuesday took swipes at each other on a variety of issues with the main opposition seeking to know from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh his compulsions of running a coalition government.

"The Prime Minister should please define the compulsions … when India was negotiating the nuclear deal with the United States, it did not take on board the issues raised by the Left though they were a key ally," Rajnath Singh (BJP) said in the Lok Sabha.

Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President for her address to Parliament, Singh referred to the Prime Minister`s remarks that some compromises have to be made in managing a coalition.

The BJP leader also wondered whether there were some "invisible powers" which were stopping the Prime Minister from functioning properly.

When he raised the issue of Chief Vigilance Commissioner, whose appointment was opposed by Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal interjected saying that it would be better if matters which are sub-judice are not raised.

"Don`t get carried away (during the course of the debate)," Bansal said.

Rajnath Singh shot back by saying whatever he says is "measured" and he would not say anything which would have a bearing on the ongoing case in the Supreme Court.

"Why is the government defending the CVC despite getting repeated raps from the Supreme Court," he asked.

At one point when the member was referring to the low inflation rate during the six years of NDA regime, Home Minister P Chidambaram interjected to remind him that while average growth rate during NDA`s time was 5.8 per cent, it stood at 8.5 per cent during the UPA regime.

He also corrected the figures quoted by Singh and said had Yashwant Sinha (former Finance Minister) been present, "he would have been completely embarrassed by your statement…I have only corrected your numbers."