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Parliament stalled for 6th day over spectrum issue

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Nov 19 � With no immediate signs of the deadlock over the issue of a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation ending, Parliament was paralysed for the sixth day today, virtually turning the first two weeks of Winter Session into a washout, reports PTI.

The ruling Congress joined by JD(S) hit back by raising the issue of land scam in BJP-ruled Karnataka by waving placards in the Lok Sabha dubbing Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa as �corrupt�. Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda was also seen holding a placard.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar soon after they assembled for the day as unrelenting opposition was bent upon its demand for a JPC, an issue which has remained a bone of contention between the rival sides.

The government was to get back to the opposition parties on the JPC issue after the Congress Core Group meeting yesterday in which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi deliberated on the ticklish issue, but it did not do so.

Both Houses were adjourned for the day soon after 1200 hours as opposition was in no mood to allow transaction of any business and kept chanting slogans �we want JPC�.

As the din continued, Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the House till noon hardly a few minutes after it met for the day. Later it was adjourned till Monday.

Similar was the story in the Rajya Sabha. As soon as it assembled, Chairman Hamid Ansari took up the Question Hour. But, members from BJP and AIADMK rushed to the well demanding setting up of a JPC.

During the last two weeks, the Lok Sabha has functioned for one day on the November nine when the Winter session began.

Earlier this week, government auditor CAG had indicted former telecom minister A Raja of committing irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum causing a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer. � PTI

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