Parliament session: CPI(M) turns tables on NDA over its functioning

Monday, Jul 20, 2015,19:06 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The onus of disruption of Monsoon session of Parliament will rest entirely on the government if it does not agree to opposition’s demand for probes in Lalitgate and other alleged scams involving senior ministers, CPI(M) warned here today.
On the eve of beginning of the Monsoon session, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters that BJP should allow a probe into Lalitgate case in the same manner it had sought probe into the 2G spectrum matter during UPA tenure.
It is they (BJP) who had disrupted an entire session in 2G spectrum matter (involving then Telecom Minister A Raja) during UPA’s tenure after the Manmohan Singh government initially refused a probe. Then a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) was formed, A Raja had to resign.
Why are you not applying the same yard stick to your ministers now? If they don’t apply and Parliament is disrupted then it is they who will be blamed for it, Yechury said. He was speaking on the sidelines of a protest called by six Left parties on issues like Lalitgate, Vyapam scam and alleged Chhattisgarh rice scam.
Yechury insisted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should come clean on the floor of the House and assure that his government will probe Lalitgate episode and those involved will be punished. And he (the PM) should also assure that until the probe is over, people concerned will be removed from their posts, Yechuri said.
He said that the opposition will rake up Vyapam scam issue during the session and reiterated that until a court-monitored CBI probe is not over in the deadly scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should step down for a fair inquiry. The Rajya Sabha member, however, said, It is clear that the government itself doesn’t want the House to run smoothly.
Yechury made the remark while responding to a question on Modi’s reported remark that delay in taking decision over land bill will affect development. The government itself is delaying a report by Joint Parliamentary Committee on the land bill. But the kind of agenda it has presented for the session, it is clear, government itself wants session not to run, he said.