Parliament adjourned for day over JPC demand

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

NEW DELHI - Both houses of parliament were Tuesday again adjourned for the day as the opposition continued pressing its demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

A day after Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee’s all-party meeting to resolve the issue failed, parliament was adjourned without transacting any business for the eighth successive day.

The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha saw the first adjournment as soon as the houses met at 11 a.m.

Opposition members, including from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies, the Left parties, the Samajwadi Party and the AIADMK shouted slogans in both the houses for a JPC and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a clarification.

In the Rajya Sabha, ruling party members were also on their feet displaying placards demanding action against the “Bellary brothers” in Karnataka.

Parliament’s winter session that began Nov 9 has witnessed repeated adjournments over the opposition’s insistence for a JPC probe into the scam, even after then communications minister A. Raja, who was at the heart of the controversy, resigned.

will not be displayed