Oppn blames Govt for corruption, Maoist violence

The opposition Thursday kept up their attack on the government blaming it for corruption and failure ino containing Maoist violence.

Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 15:27 PM IST

New Delhi: The opposition Thursday kept up their
attack on the government blaming it for corruption and failure
ino containing Maoist violence.

During the resumed debate in Rajya Sabha on the Motion of
Thanks on President`s Address, members of BJP and the Left
were one in attacking government on the issue of Telangana,
corruption and price rise.

Gyan Prakash Pilania, BJP said the UPA government had
failed on all fronts especially on parameters like extremism,
price rise and corruption.

"Crisis of credibility plagues the nation," he said.

Brajesh Pathak (BSP) sought clearance of an airport
project in Jewar near Greater Noida.

He said the project has not been cleared despite the state
government sending the proposal completing all the
formalities.

Supporting the demand for a separate Telangana state,
Pathak said his party is in favour of smaller states. Uttar
Pradesh should also be divided into smaller states and BSP has
written to the Centre about the same, he said.

Barun Mukherjee (AIFB) charged Railway Minister and
Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee with being in
alliance with the Maoists in West Bengal.

He said the Congress was not only keeping quiet but was
also in electoral alliance with Trinamool Congress for the
upcoming Assembly elections in West Bengal.

Mukherjee said that Banerjee was making announcements
about expansion of Railways in West Bengal with an eye on the
state polls.
Prabha Thakur (Cong) praised the Prime Minister for taking
action in corruption cases. She said the Prime Minister had
himself spoken to DMK supremo M Karunanidhi on A Raja, former
Telecom Minister.

Ram Kripal Yadav (RJD) held both the UPA and BJP
responsible for misgovernance which fuelled corruption and
anarchy in the country. His remark that both were two facets
of the same coin, drew protests from the Opposition benches.

Yadav said two lakh farmers had been driven to suicide in
the last two years.
Raashid Alvi (Cong) said NDA which was raising much hue
and cry over how the Prime Minister inducted a cabinet
colleague like Raja, has perhaps forgotten how it had allotted
defence portfolio to George Fernandes.

"It is the prerogative of the PM to induct anybody in his
Cabinet," was the reply by NDA then, Alvi said, adding in the
present case charges were blown out of proportion despite the
government yielding to Opposition demand for setting up a JPC.

PTI