Par logjam, supplementary grants passage by voice vote?

While the supplementary demand for grants (general) may be passed by voice vote on Wednesday, the demand for Railways could be taken up for passage on Thursday.

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010, 19:27 PM IST

New Delhi: With a solution to end the
prolonged impasse in Parliament remaining elusive, government
is toying with the idea of getting the supplementary demand
for grants passed by voice vote this week without any debate,
UPA sources said on Monday.

While the supplementary demand for grants (general)
may be passed by voice vote on Wednesday, the demand for Railways could be taken up for passage on Thursday, the sources said.

The continued disruption of Parliament for 12 days over
has led the government to think on these lines so that the
supplementary demands is passed by voice vote without debate,
the sources said.

The Opposition remained unrelenting on its demand for a
probe into the controversial 2G spectrum allocation by a Joint
Parliamentary Committee(JPC) while the Government has rejected
it.

"Let the people see how the Opposition is disrupting
the House day in, day out," the sources said, indicating that
Parliament would not be adjourned sine die and continue till
December 13 as scheduled even if the disruption by the
opposition continued.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has held few rounds
of talks with BJP and Left leaders, including L K Advani,
Sushma Swaraj, Sitaram Yechury and Gurudas Dasgupta, to find a
way to resolve the continued impasse in Parliament.

The sources said Mukherjee offered several
alternatives to resolve the impasse, including suggesting that
a multi-disciplinary investigation team, including officials
of CBI, Intelligence Bureau, Enforcement Directorate and
Revenue Intelligence, be attached to the Public Accounts
Committee to enquire into the Comptroller and Auditor
General`s report on the spectrum issue.

But the opposition, the UPA sources said, remained
adamant for a JPC probe.

PTI