BJP attacks PM for `not trying` to break Parliament impasse

With PM Manmohan Singh expressing concern over Parliament disruptions, the BJP tried to turn the tables on him, questioning his contribution to efforts to break the impasse over Opposition`s demand for a JPC probe.

Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 20:15 PM IST

New Delhi: With Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh expressing concern over Parliament disruptions, the BJP tried to turn the tables on him, questioning his
contribution to efforts to break the impasse over Opposition`s
demand for a JPC probe into the 2G Spectrum scam.

It also said that the Prime Minister should bear in mind
that his government`s "stubborn" stand against Joint
Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G scam was the reason
for both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha sessions being washed out.

"The Prime Minister has spoken on the Parliament impasse
outside the country. But he never made any attempt to resolve
the issue when he was in Delhi and never opened his mouth in
Parliament on the issue," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain
told reporters here at his residence.

"The responsibility for corruption in the UPA government
has to be collective, as it was the members of Singh`s Council
of Ministers, who have been caught indulging in corruption,"
he said.

He said the Opposition wanted Parliament to run smoothly,
but the Prime Minister made no contribution towards resolving
the dispute over the government not agreeing to the JPC probe.

Singh had told Indian journalists in Berlin that he was
"worried" over the future of Parliamentary system in India in
the wake of a complete washout of the winter session of
Parliament on the 2G spectrum issue.

"The Prime Minister should keep in mind that his
government`s corruption and its stubborn attitude in not
agreeing to a JPC probe are threatening democracy in this
country," Hussain said.

"Indian democracy was, is and will remain strong. The
Opposition`s responsibility, as it was during Emergency, is to
save democracy. It is for strengthening democracy that
Opposition is raising its voice in Parliament on corruption
issue," he added.

Dubbing the UPA government as "the most corrupt," the
BJP leader said it was due to the failure of Singh`s
government that corruption took place, be it on 2G Spectrum or
the Commonwealth Games, and these were the reasons for which
the Parliament stood disrupted.

"The image of this government has taken a beating. We
want to remind this government that the Opposition is united
on the JPC demand and we will continue to demand it till the
government agrees to it.

"After Parliament session is over, we will take this
fight to the roads and when Parliament budget session resumes,
we will continue the protest," he added.

He said it was the responsibility of the Prime Minister
and the government to ensure that both Houses functioned
smoothly. "The country is watching that he has not contributed
anything to break the impasse," he added.

PTI