Parliament stalled over JPC probe into scams

BJP-led opposition is demanding a JPC probe into the 2G, Adarsh and CWG scams.

Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 13:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Opposition Wednesday paralysed both
Houses of Parliament demanding JPC probe into alleged "large
scale corruption and scams" in Commonwealth Games, telecom 2-G
Spectrum and Adarsh Housing Society.

As soon as the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha met,
Opposition members led by BJP did not allow the Question Hour
by trooping into the well raising slogans, leading to
adjournment till noon.

When the two Houses reassembled, Opposition members again
raised the issue leading to their adjournment for the day.

They were demanding removal of Telecom Minister A Raja and an
enquiry by a Joint Parliamentary Committee into the CWG scam.

In the Upper House, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley
said during Question Hour that there has been "unprecedented
rise in cases of corruption in high places."

He also referred to the alleged scam in allocation of
second generation or 2G spectrum to new telecom companies,
reports of corruption in the CWG 2010 and irregularities in
Adarsh Housing society in Mumbai.

"Government instead of dealing with the issue has
belittled them as inner party issues," he said.

Questioning the role of Raja in the telecom scam, AIADMK
leader V Maitreyan said he had a copy of the CAG report on the
2G spectrum allocation and displayed it.

As Opposition benches shouted slogans, Chairman Hamid
Ansari adjourned the House till noon. Similar scenes followed
when it reassembled at 1200 hours, forcing its adjournment for
the day.

The Opposition parties adopted the same strategy in the
Lok Sabha and stalled proceedings by storming the well.

The AIADMK members demanded removal of Raja as Telecom
Minister, while BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi and Ananth
Kumar led their party members in castigating the government on
the alleged scams.

After the Question Hour was disrupted, the House was
adjourned till noon and later for the day.

The protests were joined by members of Shiv Sena, JD(U)
and SP who rushed into the well.

The removal of Ashok Chavan as Maharashtra Chief Minister
and resignation of Suresh Kalmadi as Secretary of the Congress
Parliamentary Party in the wake of reports of CWG scam did not
seem to have any impact on the protests by an unrelenting
Opposition.

PTI