`Spectrum’ Raja goes off air but Parliament standoff continues

The Opposition is adamant on its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the alleged scam.

New Delhi: Notwithstanding the resignation of
Telecom Minister A Raja, an agitated Opposition paralysed
proceedings in Parliament for the fourth consecutive day Monday
demanding Joint Parliamentary Probe (JPC) into the 2G spectrum scam.

Not satisfied with the Raja`s resignation, members of BJP
and its allies, as also the AIADMK, Samajwadi Party and RJD
stormed the well of the Lok Sabha, raising slogans demanding a
JPC into the scam, forcing adjournment of the Question Hour
first and later for the day.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha where BJP
and AIADMK members rushed into the well, stalling proceedings
and forcing Deputy Chairman K Rehman Khan to adjourn the House
for the day.

The Winter Session has continued to experience disruptions
since Parliament was convened last Tuesday.

Earlier when Lok Sabha met, BJP members stormed the well
raising slogans `We want JPC`. They were joined by members of
Shiv Sena and AIADMK. Left parties and Samajwadi Party members
were also seen on their feet at their seats.

The Opposition onslaught was countered by members of the
Treasury benches who raised slogans `We want Question Hour`
and waved the List of Business for the day.

In the melee, Speaker Meira Kumar called for the Question
Hour. But sloganeering from the Opposition grew shrill,
prompting the Chair to adjourn the proceedings till noon.
Rajya Sabha too witnessed the same pattern of disruption over
the alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation.

Similar scenes were witnessed in the Rajya Sabha where BJP
and AIADMK stalled proceedings demanding a JPC. Chairman Hamid
Ansari called for the first listed question of the day, but
the protesting members were unrelenting.

The Opposition slogan shouting in the Upper House was
countered by ruling Congress members who sought resignation of
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa over alleged illegal
mining in the state.

Govt says JPC demand in 2G spectrum issue `meaningless`

With the Opposition insisting on
a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into alleged
irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum, government today
dismissed the demand as "meaningless" and said they should
allow Parliament to function.

"Demand for JPC is completely meaningless. Let BJP allow
the House to run," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters
here minutes after a united Opposition forced adjournment of
Question Hour in both Houses of Parliament demanding a JPC
probe into the spectrum issue.

Under attack from Opposition, Telecom Minister A Raja
resigned from the government late last night in connection
with the issue.

Chidambaram said the findings of the Comptroller and
Auditor General (CAG) will be referred to the Public Accounts
Committee (PAC) of Parliament, which has representation of all

"The CAG report will go to the PAC. What is PAC? It is
chaired by the Leader of Opposition. In fact, all political
parties are represented in that," Chidambaram said.

"Let PAC go into the matter. The CAG report will be
discussed comprehensively in the PAC," he said.