Logjam in Parliament unfortunate: Pranab

Government on Friday termed as "unfortunate" the continuing logjam in Parliament and put the onus of ending it on the opposition, saying it is they who are responsible for the disruption.

Updated: Nov 26, 2010, 15:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Friday termed as "unfortunate" the continuing logjam in Parliament and put the onus of ending it on the opposition, saying it is they who are
responsible for the disruption.

"The logjam still continues. It is unfortunate. Today I think is the 11th day," Leader of the House in Lok Sabha and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters outside
Parliament.

Asked if he saw any possibility of Parliament functioning normally in this session, Mukherjee said, "It depends on the Opposition. We are not disrupting, they are
disrupting (the Parliament)."

The government has remained firm on its stand against formation of a Joint Parliament Committee to probe the 2G Spectrum allocation scam, a demand over which the Opposition parties are disrupting Parliament.

"The demand for JPC formation is not borne out of the will for weeding out corruption. It is a totally political demand," Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal said.

He said a JPC is not above Parliament and the government was ready to discuss all issues. Since all necessary steps are being taken by the government to investigate the corruption charges, there was no need for a JPC probe, he said.

"Any creation of Parliament cannot be above it," Bansal said.

The minister maintained that the government wanted Parliament to function till December 13 when the Winter session is scheduled to end.

"We have not thought in terms of adjourning Parliament before December 13. We do hope opposition sees reason. Out of five weeks, three weeks have already been lost in
adjournments. The opposition had given 22 items on which it wanted a discussion and we had agreed to all of them," Bansal said.

PTI