Opposition was unsure of its charges in impeachment notice: BJP

New Delhi: The BJP on Monday said the opposition members, who had moved impeachment motion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, were unsure of their charges as they had used words such as “appears to be”, “likely” and “prima facie” in their petition.

BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi also accused the Congress of being “institutional disruptor” and of playing “dirty politics.”

“The words used in its impeachment motion such as ‘appears to be’, ‘likely’ and ‘prima facie’ show that Congress was unsure of its allegations. They do not have support of people and they want to run a government from the corridors of Supreme Court,” Lekhi told reporters here.

Referring to Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Rajya Sabha Chairman, rejecting the impeachment notice by 64 opposition members from seven political parties including the Congress, Lekhi said he had applied his mind before arriving at the decision and had given a detailed order.

“The rule of law cannot be confused with the rule of dynasty. Judiciary is one institution which is respected by all and their independence has to be maintained. But Congress party has repeatedly shown that they are the institutional disruptors and they can go to any extent to play their dirty politics. The party has a long history of disrupting institutions of democracy,” she said.

Attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his remarks concerning the Constitution, she said the Congress by its actions was defying those who had given the Constitution to the country.

“The Congress history has been of suppressing and crushing institutions. It was due to their actions that collegium system took shape. It is important to save the judiciary from their tactics of intimidation.

“They have lost the vote but they are indulging in gross abuse of power of impeachment. When there is no evidence, there is nothing… It is actually harming democracy,” she said.

Lekhi alleged that Congress has constantly attacked the institutions while in power and was “doing the same thing while being out of power.”