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Parl will not be stalled, but no compromise on JPC: Karat

Karat said Left parties will not stall parliamentary proceedings in the coming budget session.



Guwahati: CPI-M General Secretary Prakash
Karat on Sunday said Left parties will not stall parliamentary
proceedings in the coming budget session but there will be no
compromise on the demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum
scam.

"We do not want to stall parliamentary proceedings but
there can be no compromise on the demand for the JPC probe. If
the UPA government does not allow a probe, people`s suspicion
on the government`s involvement in the scam will go up," he
told a rally organised here to protest against communalism and
price rise.

"Since Independence this (2G spectrum allocation) is the
biggest scam in the country and the Parliament has every right
to inquire into it," he said.

Terming Congress as the "master of corruption", Karat
said that during the prime ministership of Rajiv Gandhi the
Bofors scam amounting to Rs 64 crore came to light and the
cases on it are still on even after about two decades.

"The Manmohan Singh government has brought in the looting
raj in the country and during its tenure the Rs 1,76,000
crore telecom scam has taken place," he said.

Referring to the Adarsh housing scam, he said while CBI
had yesterday registered a case against former Maharashtra
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in it, another Congress leader
from that state who was fined Rs 10 lakh by the Supreme Court
for covering up corrupt practices has been included in the
Union cabinet as the rural development minister.

Lambasting BJP for failing to fulfil its role as the
main Opposition party of the country, Karat said it is
highlighting the corruption of Congress "but when it comes to
corruption in its own states, the party is silent."

BJP leaders had not taken any action on the corruption
charges against Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and
his cabinet ministers and party president Nitin Gadkari`s
recent statement exonerating him was "not only illegal but
also immoral."

"Both the Congress and the BJP are working for the
benefit of the capitalists, while CPI-M and the other Left
parties are working for the benefit of the common people," he
said.

Karat alleged that probes into the Malegaon, Mecca Masjid
and Ajmer Sharif blasts as well as Swami Aseemanand`s
depositions in the court clearly proved that BJP and RSS had
links with those involved in `Hindu terrorism`.

"Our fight against both Hindu terror and Islamic
fundamentalism will continue," he added.

PTI

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