Oppn slams govt over corruption, inflation
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 20:56
New Delhi: For the second successive day, Opposition on Wednesday attacked the government in Parliament over corruption and rising inflation and targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for recently comparing sops to telecom sector with subsidy for the poor.

The debate on Motion of Thanks to the President's Address also saw a recommendation that the government should accept the suggestion of sacked CWG Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi for JPC probe into Commonwealth Games.

Participating in the resumed debate in the Lok Sabha, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said the cases of corruption have increased during UPA-II rule.

"Corruption is like opium addiction...It is not going away," he said, referring to the spurt in cases of corruption in the past few years.

The debate was marked by frequent clashes as members of the ruling and opposition parties accused each other of corruption and inaction to check the menace.

Talking about 2G spectrum allocation scam, Yadav termed as "unfortunate" Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's statement rubbishing the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) as "utterly erroneous".

"If Raja (A Raja, former Telecom Minister) has done no wrong, then why he is being interrogated," Yadav questioned during the debate which began yesterday.

The JD(U) chief took a dig at Sibal, saying he was "treating the nation as his legal chamber."

On rising prices, Yadav regretted that essential food items like wheat, rice and pulses were not available in ration shops in several parts of the country.

Basudeb Acharia (CPI-M) said, "Crony capitalism and corruption are increasing alarmingly" and that big business houses and corporates are in a position to decide policy matters themselves.

Acharia said his party had demanded JPC because the country has seen one scam after another in the recent years and there are wide ramifications of the 2G scam.

In the Rajya Sabha, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury criticised the Prime Minister's recent remark comparing sops to the telecom sector and the subsidy to the poor.

The "argument is bogus", Yechury said referring to Singh's statement that the Rs 1.76 lakh crore could not be construed as a loss to the national exchequer in the same way as the subsidies being given to poor on kerosene.


First Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 20:56

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