Parliament again adjourned over JPC demand

Both houses of Parliament were Friday adjourned till November 22 as opposition MPs persisted with their demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum allotment scam.

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2010, 13:25 PM IST

New Delhi: With no immediate signs of ending
the deadlock over opposition demand for a JPC probe into the
2G spectrum issue, Parliament was paralysed for the sixth day
today, virtually turning the first two weeks of Winter Session
into a washout.

The ruling Congress joined by JD(S) hit back by raising
the issue of land scam in BJP-ruled Karnataka by waving
placards in the Lok Sabha dubbing Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa as "corrupt". Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda
was also seen holding a placard.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar soon after
they assembled for the day as unrelenting opposition was bent
upon its demand for a JPC, an issue which has remained a bone
of contention between the rival sides.

The government was to get back to the opposition parties
on the JPC issue after the Congress Core Group meeting
yesterday in which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party
chief Sonia Gandhi deliberated on the ticklish issue, but it
did not do so.

Both Houses were adjourned for the day soon after 1200
hours as opposition was in no mood to allow transaction of any
business and kept chanting slogans "we want JPC".

As the din continued, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the
House till noon hardly a few minutes after it met for the day.
Later it was adjourned till Monday.

Similar was the story in the Rajya Sabha. As soon as it
assembled, Chairman Hamid Ansari took up the Question Hour.
But, members from BJP and AIADMK rushed to the well demanding
setting up of a JPC.

During the last two weeks, the Lok Sabha has functioned
for one day on the November nine when the Winter session
began.

Earlier this week, government auditor CAG had indicted
former telecom minister A Raja of committing irregularities in
allocation of 2G spectrum causing a presumtptive loss of Rs
1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.

PTI