Oppn set to corner govt on Anna`s arrest

The Opposition parties have demanded a statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh followed by a debate on Anna Hazare`s arrest in both Houses of Parliament.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: With the Opposition parties up in arms against the UPA government over the detention of social activist Anna Hazare and his supporters, the Parliament is likely to witness more fireworks as it assembles for normal business on Wednesday.

The Opposition members, who crippled the proceedings inside the Parliament yesterday over the treatment given to Anna Hazare and his supporters by Delhi Police, have accused the UPA government of "murdering" democracy and likening the situation to Emergency.

In a rare show of solidarity, BJP, Left and several other Opposition parties yesterday joined hands and demanded a statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh followed by a debate on Anna Hazare`s arrest and hinted that Parliament would otherwise not be allowed to function today.

MPs from BJP, CPI and JD(U) and others parties yesterday pressed for the suspension of Question Hour in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to discuss the issue in the backdrop of corruption and created pandemonium when the plea was rejected.

Because of the uproar, which began as soon as the two Houses met for the day, no business was transacted in either House. Rajya Sabha was first adjourned till noon and then for the day. The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 11.30 AM, then till noon and finally for the day.

As Hazare was arrested and sent to Tihar Jail, leaders of BJP, JD(U), Shiv Sena, CPI(M), CPI, Samajwadi Party, RJD and some other non-UPA parties held a meeting to discuss the issue and devised the common strategy of pursuing agitation in Parliament against corruption.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said, “It has been decided that the Prime Minister should make a statement in both Houses of Parliament on whatever is happening in the country. Nobody else."

"PM will have to come to both Houses of Parliament and give a statement. After this there should be a debate on this issue. This is what we have decided," she said.

Rest of the strategy will be decided after that, Swaraj said, making it clear that functioning of House could be affected if the demands were not met.

Contending that action against Hazare reflected the government`s "nervousness", she said the Opposition unity was not on Jan Lokpal Bill but "violation of democratic rights".

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley alleged the government was "trying to snatch people`s right to protest" and said "the political leadership is trying to hide behind uniform (police)".

Amid indications that Parliament would not be allowed to function, Jaitley said the impeachment proceedings against Calcutta High Court judge Soumitra Sen will not take place as per schedule at 3.00 pm today.

With PTI Inputs

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