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NEW DELHI, March 15 - The Trinamool Congress today found itself in a tight corner in the Lok Sabha over a sting operation, with the Government insisting that �truth has to prevail� and favouring a probe into the alleged bribery charges against some of its MPs.

The House saw BJP, Congress and Left making a common cause to target the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the issue, even as Mamata Banerjee�s party claimed that the charges were a political conspiracy ahead of the West Bengal polls.

Heated exchanges were witnessed between Trinamool Congress and Left members after Mohd Salim of the CPM raised the issue during Zero Hour and was followed by BJP�s SS Ahluwalia and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Congress) slammed the TMC and sought a probe.

They referred to the telecast of a sting purportedly showing several TMC leaders accepting money to help a fictitious private firm and demanded action against them, recalling that Parliament had expelled 11 members facing similar charges a few years ago.

Responding to the members, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said �the prestige of Parliament is at stake. We have to establish the truth. Simply saying it is a conspiracy is not enough and will not satisfy the public.�

Either the government can carry out an inquiry or the Speaker can order an inquiry, he said.

Naidu�s response came after members of different political parties demanded a probe.

�We are ashamed that we are sitting with such people. They should drown in shame. The dignity of Parliament has been compromised by their conduct,� Mohd Salim (CPI-M) said, demanding that a committee be formed to probe the charges.

TMC members sat silently for most of the time as Salim was followed Ahluwalia and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in attacking them, but angry exchange of words took place when TMC leader Saugata Roy, one of the MPs allegedly shown in the sting, put up his party�s defence. � PTI

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Sting op puts TMC in a spot

NEW DELHI, March 15 - The Trinamool Congress today found itself in a tight corner in the Lok Sabha over a sting operation, with the Government insisting that �truth has to prevail� and favouring a probe into the alleged bribery charges against some of its MPs.

The House saw BJP, Congress and Left making a common cause to target the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the issue, even as Mamata Banerjee�s party claimed that the charges were a political conspiracy ahead of the West Bengal polls.

Heated exchanges were witnessed between Trinamool Congress and Left members after Mohd Salim of the CPM raised the issue during Zero Hour and was followed by BJP�s SS Ahluwalia and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Congress) slammed the TMC and sought a probe.

They referred to the telecast of a sting purportedly showing several TMC leaders accepting money to help a fictitious private firm and demanded action against them, recalling that Parliament had expelled 11 members facing similar charges a few years ago.

Responding to the members, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said �the prestige of Parliament is at stake. We have to establish the truth. Simply saying it is a conspiracy is not enough and will not satisfy the public.�

Either the government can carry out an inquiry or the Speaker can order an inquiry, he said.

Naidu�s response came after members of different political parties demanded a probe.

�We are ashamed that we are sitting with such people. They should drown in shame. The dignity of Parliament has been compromised by their conduct,� Mohd Salim (CPI-M) said, demanding that a committee be formed to probe the charges.

TMC members sat silently for most of the time as Salim was followed Ahluwalia and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in attacking them, but angry exchange of words took place when TMC leader Saugata Roy, one of the MPs allegedly shown in the sting, put up his party�s defence. � PTI

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