Ruckus in Lok Sabha over 2G spectrum allocation

Govt will discuss demand for JPC after passing Finance Bill

Ruckus in Lok Sabha over  2G spectrum allocation


Mukherjee, the leader of the LS, said that the Prime Minister or he, himself, would speak on the Opposition’s demand for the JPCs as well as on the issue of alleged corruption in 2G spectrum allocation after the Finance Bill was passed, expectedly on Thursday.

The PM last Monday told journalists that the Government would not constitute the JPCs to probe into the IPL row and the alleged phone-tapping of the politicians.  
Senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in the LS, Sushma Swaraj, on Tuesday criticised the PM for showing disrespect to the Parliament by making the statement about the Opposition’s demand outside the Houses. The BJP also moved in the LS a Breach of Privilege notice against the PM.

As the AIADMK MPs trooped into the well of the LS to protest against corruption in the allocation of 2G spectrum by the Ministry of Telecommunication, Swaraj and senior BJP MP Yashwant Sinha raised the demand for JPCs to probe into all issues again.
Mukherjee apparently lost his cool after the AIADMK MPs tried to disrupt the proceedings of the House. “Only 10 members are holding a House of 543 hostage. This is not fair. This is disgusting,” he said angrily after the protesting MPs did not relent even as he rose to present the Finance Bill.

The AIADMK has nine MPs in the House though. They created ruckus over the same issue during zero hour too and targeted Telecom Minister A Raja, who belongs to the DMK, for alleged corruption. They also had a verbal fight with the DMK MPs.
The BJP and leftist parties also supported the AIADMK MPs.
Mukherjee requested the AIADMK MPs to go back to their seats without disrupting the proceedings of the House. “By tomorrow, we hope to wind up the third leg of the Finance Bill and thereafter the Government will inform you (about discussion on issues like IPL, phone-tapping and corruption). There is time, please have some patience,” he said.

Opposition assurance
Swaraj assured him of the Opposition’s help to pass the Finance Bill, but said that the PM should have made a statement in the LS on the Opposition’s demand for constituting the JPCs instead of rejecting it outside. “On all these issues, we will have the opportunity of discussing with various political parties. Either the Prime Minister or I will come to the House. But this will be done after the Finance Bill is passed,” replied Mukherjee.
“I am not running away from the House. The session is there till May 7. There is time,” he added.
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