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Parliament logjam over, Finance Bill to be tabled tomorrow

Last Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 13:19

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The government on Monday reached an agreement with the opposition over the issue of allowing the smooth functioning of the Parliament so that several important legislation could be passed in the last two weeks of the Budget Session.

According to reports, the agreement between the two sides was reached following a meeting between Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj to end the logjam in Parliament.

After the agreement between the two sides, the Finance Bill will be tabled in Parliament tomorrow.

The government earlier appealed to the opposition to allow Parliament to function and said it was the right forum to discuss all issues.

"I appeal to the opposition to let the house function. We have lost five days and I appeal to parties that parliament is the right forum for debate," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said.

Both houses have seen repeated disruptions by the opposition parties over issues related to allocations in coal blocks and 2G spectrum.

The BJP has said it won`t let Parliament function till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigns over his office`s alleged involvement in irregularities in the allocations.
The opposition parties led by the BJP has stalled the proceedings in Parliament for most of the session ever since the Houses reconvened after a recess, over various issues.

A united opposition scaled up its protests after the CBI`s admission in the Supreme Court that a version of its report on the coal allocation investigation, submitted to apex court judges last month, was shared with Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, officials in the Coal Ministry and the Prime Minister`s Office.

In the two-page affidavit, CBI chief Ranjit Sinha said the report was shared with these officials "as desired by them."

The Opposition has since pressed for Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar`s resignation. The BJP has also said that the CBI`s admission establishes that the government is trying to influence the agency`s investigation to protect the Prime Minister, who held direct charge of the Coal Ministry for some of the years under review.

The Opposition had also called for the resignation of Dr Manmohan Singh, holding him equally accountable along with position has since pressed for Union Law Minister for a major breach of ethics and protocol.

However, the Congress rejected the demand for Law Minister`s resignation, setting the stage for confrontation in Parliament.

With Agency inputs

First Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 - 08:50

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