Opposition raps govt in LS for major scams

The opposition in Lok Sabha took the government to task over various scams including allocation of 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh housing, and said the resignation of Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan was "not enough".

New Delhi: The opposition in Lok Sabha on Tuesday
took the government to task over various scams including
allocation of 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh
housing, and said the resignation of Maharashtra Chief
Minister Ashok Chavan was "not enough".

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, CPI (M) leader Basudeb
Acharia, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and JD (U) chief
Sharad Yadav demanded thorough probe into the scams as well as
a statement from the government, saying it was a matter of
concern that so many "major scams" had taken place in the past
three-four years.

"The entire nation has been ashamed. Though he (Chavan)
has resigned, mere quitting the post of Chief Minister is not
enough. An independent probe (into the Adarsh Housing Society
scam) is required. Government owes an explanation to the
people," said Acharia and sought punishment to all those found
guilty, including the "political bosses".

Agreeing with the CPI(M) leader, Swaraj said apart from
the scams mentioned by him, there were "major scandals" even
in the government`s flagship programmes like national rural
employment guarantee scheme and highways projects.

As her speech was repeatedly disrupted by members from
Treasury benches, an angry Swaraj asked, "Can`t we raise the
issue of corruption even in the House? If the House is not
being allowed to function, it is not the Opposition but the
ruling party which is to be blamed."

In response, Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal
urged the Leader of Opposition "not to be so sensitive" and
assured her that the issues she raised would be debated and
the government was ready for discussion.

Sharad Yadav also demanded a full-fledged debate on the
scandals, saying "corruption was spreading in all spheres of
our lives, like blood in our veins". He claimed that the CWG
scam involved as high as Rs 70,000 crore to 90,000 crore.

Congress member Suresh Kalmadi, who is chairman of the
Organising Committee of the CWG, was not present in the House
when the issue was raised. Kalmadi`s resignation as Congress
Parliamentarty Secretary was accepted by party Chief Sonia
Gandhi shortly before the start of the Winter Session.

When Yadav spoke of the Adarsh housing scandal in
Maharashtra and said the land for the project belonged to the
Defence department and was meant for the widows of Kargil
martyrs, Congress members were on their feet saying "why don`t
you talk of the Kargil coffin scam."

To this, Yadav said the coffin scam was investigated "but
what came out? You will not accept Joint Parliamentary
Committee (probe)...and the confidence on CBI is also waning."

The Left parties had moved an adjournment motion on the
corruption issue as other Opposition parties said they would
raise issues including rotting food grains and problems in
Kashmir during this session.

PTI

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