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No bills will be passed till Bansal, Ashwani resign: BJP

Source: PTI
May 07, 2013 12:51 IST
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Setting a tough condition before the government, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday said it will not allow the passage of any bill in Parliament till Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar resign or are sacked.

The opposition party also made it clear that it will not allow the passage of either the National Food Security Bill or the Land Acquisition Bill.

At the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting chaired by L K Advani, it was decided that party leaders would meet Speaker Meira Kumar against any move to rush through the legislations amid din.

"There is no question of participating in the proceedings of Parliament till the two ministers -- Bansal and Kumar -- resign or are removed. We want the National Food Security Bill and the Land Acquisition Bill to be passed after proper discussion. We will not allow their hasty passage without any discussion amid din," Deputy Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha Gopinath Munde told reporters.

Bansal is in the eye of a storm following the arrest of his nephew by the Central Bureau of Investigation in a bribery case involving key railway appointments, while Kumar is embroiled in the coal-gate controversy.

"Yesterday, the government tried to pass the Food Security Bill amid the din in Lok Sabha. We discussed the issue in the BJP Parliamentary Party and decided that the party wanted the bills to be passed, but only after a proper discussion. We will not allow any attempt to pass the key bills in haste and in the din," Munde said.

He said the BJP remains steadfast about seeking the resignation of Bansal and Kumar.

"If they give their resignation or Congress relieves them from the Cabinet, then we will pass both the bills in Parliament," he said.

"The whole opposition is together (against passing of bills on this issue). If the government tries to push through the legislations amid the din, then we will meet the Speaker and seek measures against such a move as there is no such tradition. If the government shows 'dadagiri' (high-handedness), then we will oppose it," Munde said.

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