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Raja’s ouster fails to break parliament logjam
Published on 16 Nov. 2010 12:55 AM IST
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Parliament was stalled again Monday with the opposition firm on its demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into alleged corruption in the 2G spectrum allotment that forced DMK leader A. Raja to quit as communications and IT minister. The government rejected the demand with a resolute no.
The government had hoped Raja’s ouster would calm the situation, but that was not so with the opposition clamouring for a JPC probe in both houses that were adjourned till Tuesday.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the Lok Sabha as BJP MPs, joined by AIADMK members, chanted: “We want JPC!” -- that would look into the alleged scam that is said to have caused a loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer.
Home minister P. Chidambaram withdrew a controversial bill seeking amendment to act on property left behind those who migrated to Pakistan in 1947. Amid the din, the home minister introduced another bill, Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Second Bill, 2010, for change in the 1968 legislation governing such properties.
In the Rajya Sabha, the scene was no different, forcing chairman Hamid Ansari to adjourn the upper house till 12 noon after similar protests. With no respite from the din, deputy chairman K. Rahman Khan adjourned the house for the day. As chaos reigned in parliament, Finance Minister Mukherjee and home minister Chidambaram rejected the opposition demand for a JPC inquiry. The two ministers said a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India would be tabled in parliament soon and the matter would be looked into by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that is headed by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. The CAG submitted the document last week and as per procedure it will go to the president’s office before becoming parliament’s property.
“There is a huge difference in the probe by a PAC and a probe by a JPC. JPCs have been formed earlier as well and decisions have been taken based on its recommendations,” BJP member Chandan Mitra said.

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