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  • Stand-off continues, Parliament fails to function again

    Published on November 23, 2010

    With government refusing to yield on demands for JPC into 2G spectrum scam, Parliament could not function for the eighth consecutive day on Tuesday as the Opposition created pandemonium over it.

    Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day without transacting any substantive business in the wake of unruly scenes created by all the Opposition parties while the Congress was seeking dismissal of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa over corruption charges.

    It was trouble from word go in both the Houses, forcing adjournment initially till noon and then for the day.

    In the Lok Sabha, members from Opposition parties including those from the BJP, BJD, JD(U), SP trooped into the well demanding setting up of Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe reports of irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum.

    The Treasury benches demanded resignation of Yeddyurappa over corruption charges.

    Some Congress members almost rushed to the well, chanting slogans against Yeddyurappa and carrying placards which read ‘Book Bellary Brothers’ and ‘Punish Yeddyurappa to Protect Karnataka from Mining Mafia and Land Grabbers’.

    They were asked to retreat to the aisles by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

    Trinamool Congress members were seen waving the list of questions indicating their willingness for continuance of the normal business.

    The sloganeering and counter-sloganeering continued for a while after which Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon.

    When the House assembled again, similar scenes were witnessed.

    Amid the din, papers and reports were laid on the table after which the House was adjourned for the day by Deputy Speaker Karia Munda.

    The standoff was also witnessed in the Rajya Sabha where Opposition members rushed to the well soon after Chairman Hamid Ansari completed obituary references.

    Congress members too moved into the aisles demanding sacking of the Karnataka Chief Minister over alleged land scam in the state.

    While Opposition members shouted “We Want JPC”, members in the Treasury benches held placards reading ‘Sack Yeddyurappa’ and ‘Book Bellary Brothers’.

    AIADMK members held copies of a magazine carrying a cover story on former Telecom Minister A Raja’s alleged role in the irregularities in allocation of 2G telecom spectrum.

    Ansari took up the listed question of the day and asked members not to display the placards.

    “No raising of posters,” he said, but the protesting members refused to relent, forcing him to adjourn the House till 1200 hours.

    Similar scenes were repeated when the House met again. Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan, who was in the Chair, kept pleading that the members should not show placards but they did not oblige.

    Due to the stand-off over 2G spectrum issue, Parliament has failed to function since 10th November, a day after the Winter Session commenced.

    APM to end Logjam remains inconclusive

    The all party meeting convened on Monday to break the deadlock in Parliament on the alleged 2G issue remained inconclusive.

    The meeting was called by the leader of Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee and was attended by leaders of all political parties.

    The Opposition rejected the government’s proposal for attaching multi-disciplinary probe teams with the PAC to go into CAG report. They stuck to their demand for JPC probe.

    Public Account Committee discussed allocation of 2G

    The Public Account Committee of the Lok Sabha headed by Dr Murli Manohar Joshi of BJP on Monday discussed the controversial allocation of 2G spectrum that led to the resignation of former Telecom Minister A Raja.

    This is the first meeting of the Committee after the Comptroller and Auditor General, CAG submitted its report in the matter. The final report of the CAG was circulated among the members of the Committee for preparing questions to be asked to the Telecom Ministry. The committee is reported have sought details of correspondence between the Prime Minister’s Office and the Telecom Ministry.

    The members of the Committee felt that PAC should continue to examine allocation of 2G spectrum despite the demand for JPC probe into the matter.