BJP demands probe into `blackout` of LS proceedings

Last Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 21:48

New Delhi: BJP on Friday demanded a high-level probe by experts and representatives of political parties into "blackout" of live coverage in Lok Sabha when the contentious Telangana Bill was taken up for passage on February 18 and said the Presiding officers should take responsibility for it.

Senior party leader Venkaiah Naidu said the prestige of Parliament was at stake and thus accountability should be fixed for the "blackout" incident.

He expressed apprehensions that it could not have happened suddenly without the knowledge of Presiding officers.

"I would like to demand who is responsible for this blackout in Lok Sabha. Who has ordered this?...There should be a high-level inquiry not by officials, but by experts as well as representatives of political parties. The prestige of Parliament is at stake," he said.

Naidu said, "The Presiding Officers also should take the responsibility. Things cannot happen without the knowledge of Presiding officers. Accountability should be fixed."

The BJP leader said the parties and Parliamentarians have become a laughing stock before the nation due to the episode.

"I am concerned that why this blackout happened in Lok Sabha and they should explain to the people. The truth must come out and accountability should be fixed," Naidu said.

"How can suddenly as and when Congress wish in their mind, suddenly there is a technical problem.... When the bill is introduced, taken out, when the bill is discussed, taken out," he said.

He said he apprehended that there would be blackout of live coverage in the Rajya Sabha also when the Telangana Bill came up for discussion, as had happened in Lok Sabha, but it did not happen.

PTI

First Published: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 21:48

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