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JD-U, CPI, SP favour debate on CAG reports

August 22, 2012 15:15 IST

Janata Dal (United), a key ally of the National Democratic Alliance, on Wednesday favoured discussion on CAG reports on coal block allocation and other issues instead of disruption of Parliament proceedings.

"It is good if discussions are held in Parliament over the CAG reports," JD-U MP Shabi Ali told reporters outside Parliament House.

However, Ali hastened to add, "But we will go with the final decision of NDA on the issue as we are an ally."

Proceedings of both Houses of Parliament were disrupted on Wednesday as non-Left opposition led by BJP continued to demand resignation of the government over the CAG reports.

"Our view is that public money is involved in the running of the Houses. So the Houses can debate on the issue. But we will abide by NDA decision on the issue."

Besides JD-U, Communist Party of India is also against the stalling of Parliament as the party wanted discussion on other issues like grid failure, price rise, retrenchment of Maruti workers and banking strike.

"Though we are concerned about Coalgate, we want discussions to take place on other issues also like banking strike, inflation, grid failure, Maruti retrenchment. That is why it is improper to disrupt the House for long," CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said.

Advocating debate on CAG reports including on the coal block allocation, Samajwadi Party said functioning of Parliament involves public money and should not be wasted on disruption of the House.

"MPs are signing the register and going home. By signing the attendance register they become eligible for daily allowance," SP leader Mohan Singh told reporters outside Parliament.

Disapproving the continued disruption of the House, he said, "This is Parliament. It does not run like this as public money is involved in the functioning of Parliament."

Parliament continued to face disruptions for the second day as BJP-led opposition stuck to its demand of resignation of the government over the coalgate scam.

"There are so many issues to be raised. Now Opposition has large ammunition to fight against the government. All three reports by CAG have damaging findings.

"If opposition agrees to debate these burning issues then government will be exposed and a clear message will go to the public. But by stalling the House opposition gets bad name," the SP MP said.

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