Current Parliament shutdown the longest ever: Govt

The Opposition demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocations has led to the longest shutdown of Parliament in independent India, the government Wednesday claimed.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 20:53 PM IST

New Delhi: The Opposition demand for a JPC
probe into the 2G spectrum allocations has led to the longest
shutdown of Parliament in independent India, the government
Wednesday claimed.

No protests over JPC formation on any issue have
paralysed Parliament for 19 long days as had happened this
time, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told
reporters.

With no signs of the deadlock ending in the next three
days, Bansal feared that the winter session could be a total
washout as only three working days are now left to the session
adjourning sine die on December 13.

He told reporters that opposition plans to extend the
logjam to the Budget Session scheduled in February next would
do "irreversible and immeasurable" damage to Parliament.

Detailing the opposition protests earlier, he said that
Parliament was paralysed only for one day in July 1987 on the
demand for JPC into the Bofors kickback issue.

The motion for JPC on Bofors was moved by the then
defence minister KC Pant and there was discussion on it for
three days after which it was accepted.

There was no disturbance in Parliament over the demand
for a JPC prove into the Harshad Mehta case in 1992, he said.

Regarding the demand in 2001 for a JPC into the
securities scam allegedly involving Ketan Parekh, he said that
in the initial eight days there was practically no business.

On the demand for the JPC into the issue of pesticide
residue in soft drinks, he said that the demand was accepted
without much din in Parliament.

Bansal said Congress, while it was in the opposition,
had demanded JPCs on the Tehelka expose and the coffin scam,
but the then NDA government had not agreed to it despite
protests for three days.

PTI