Pranab hopes Budget Session will be smooth

The Opposition has rejected the offer of Mukherjee - also Leader of the House in Lok Sabha - to hold a special session of Parliament ahead of the Budget Session to discuss the issue.

New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday hoped that "better sense" will prevail upon the Opposition and the logjam witnessed in the Winter Session of Parliament over the demand for a JPC probe into 2G scam will not spill over to the Budget Session.

"I don`t hope so. I hope better sense will prevail," Mukherjee told reporters here.

He was asked whether the Budget Session will be the same as the Winter Session which witnessed a deadlock between the government and the Opposition over constituting a joint parliamentary committee to probe 2G scam.
The Opposition has rejected the offer of Mukherjee - also Leader of the House in Lok Sabha - to hold a special session of Parliament ahead of the Budget Session to discuss the issue.

"If they (the Opposition) assure that there will be a debate, I am ready to call a special session of Parliament before the Budget Session so that this issue (setting up of a JPC) is debated," Mukherjee had said.

PTI

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