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Volcker issue rocks Parliament, Sonia's resignation demanded

December 08, 2005 13:40 IST
Last Updated: December 08, 2005 14:23 IST

Unrelenting on the Volcker issue, the Opposition today staged a noisy walkout in Lok Sabha pressing their demand for resignation of Sonia Gandhi as Chairperson of National Advisory Council, alleging that Rs 528 crores from Iraqi oil deals had been stashed away in foreign banks.

Flaunting copies of newspaper reports, Bharatiya Janata Party Deputy Leader V K Malhotra asked the government whether the Enforcement Directorate probing the Volcker findings had submitted its report to the government. As President of the Congress, Gandhi was responsible for the "scam" and must resign from NAC, he demanded. Malhotra said news reports also gave details of foreign banks in which the money has been parked.

Opposition members trooped out of the House with Malhotra contending that the government's "silence" showed that the ED has given its report on this issue. In the Rajya Sabha, there was procedural wrangle, as Leader of Opposition Jaswant Singh wanted Government to fix a date for clarification on the statement made by Prime Minister on the Volcker issue. After about half an hour of acrimony, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachouri announced that clarifications would be taken up on December 15.

There were heated exchanges between the Left and the BJP on whether Volcker issue or the EPF be taken up first. The matter was set to rest when Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat said only EPF issue would be taken up.

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Sub: Advani and company can stoop low to any level

Advani, V.K. Malhotra and their croniea can stoop low to any limit, they may fabricate and concoct the things to misled the masses. They went ...

Posted by frankly

Sub: opposition wants sonia resign

Congress party chief is now attacked and what appears that the main opposition is trying to divert the attention of its inner controvery by this ...

Posted by Nksagar

Sub: Wisdom

Politicians should realize national interests must precede their self interests. Otherwise they should quit politics and take up farming as means for their livelihood. ...

Posted by Political Specialist

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Opposition should have targeted Sonia Gandhi first.

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Sub: Opposition want Sonia to resign

Simply Ridiculous.I wonder how many times they would try to tarnish the image of Sonia? They have attacked only Sonia to win the Elections .They ...

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