Oppn slams govt over corruption, inflation

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.

PTI



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

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