Breach of privilege motion moved against PM

BJP is trying to corner the PM for rejecting the demand to set up JPC on IPL.

Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 23:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Fifty BJP MPs on Tuesday tabled a breach of privilege notice in Lok Sabha against Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh for announcing outside Parliament his decision
to reject setting up of a joint parliamentary committee on the
issue of alleged phone tapping.

The MPs submitted the petition to Lok Sabha Secretary
General P D T Achary.

Their action comes close on the heels of Leader of the
Opposition Sushma Swaraj objecting to the Prime Minister`s
announcement on the issue.

"This is a disrespect to the House. The Prime Minister
should give a statement in the House on the issue," she said
in Lok Sabha.

She insisted this was a serious matter as phones of
even cabinet ministers were allegedly tapped. BJP has also
demanded a JPC into the IPL controversy.

CPI(M) criticises PM

"It is very unfortunate that the Prime Minister should
make a statement and convey government`s decision (rejecting a
Joint Parliamentary Committee probe) outside Parliament. In
our view, it is a fit case for breach of privilege," senior
party leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters.

He was asked to comment on the submission of a breach of
privilege notice against the Prime Minister by 50 BJP MPs.

"This (JPC probe) was a demand raised in Parliament and
it should have been answered on the floor of Parliament," he

"We will consider the matter tomorrow. Today our focus
is on the government`s failure to check price rise," Yechury