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No signs of end to deadlock in Parliament

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 20:09

New Delhi: The 2 week standoff in Parliament showed no signs of ending Tuesday with the BJP and other opposition parties unrelenting on their demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum controversy and the government refusing to yield.

Blaming Congress for the deadlock in Parliament, BJP made
it clear that there is "no alternative" to a Joint
Parliamentary Committee probe into the spectrum issue and said
it had no problem if it was headed by a Congress leader.

"Congress is fully responsible for the impasse in
Parliament. Because it is not only the BJP which is demanding
JPC on issues like 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and the
Adarsh Society but the entire opposition including Left, Shiv
Sena, TDP, AIADMK and other parties are demanding JPC," BJP
spokesperson Prakash Javdekar told reporters.

Claiming that the demand was supported by majority of
MPs, he said, "Even Congress allies TMC and NCP are also in
favour of JPC. Parties like RJD, SP and BSP which are
supporting the government are also demanding JPC because there
is no alternative to it. The demand is democratic."

After failing to break the logjam, government toughened
its stand saying the opposition does not have the mandate
to force the government to do what its wants.

"Government has the mandate to rule the country.

Opposition has the right to express its views. They can raise
people`s issues and problems. But they do not have the mandate
to force the government to do what they want. The people have
not given the mandate to the opposition for it," Congress
spokesperson Shakil Ahmed told reporters.


First Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 20:09

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