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CPI(M) moves privilege notice against Ajit Singh

Accusing civil aviation minister Ajit Singh of making policy statements on Air India outside Parliament during the session period, the CPI(M) on Tuesday moved a privilege notice against him in the Lok Sabha.

delhi Updated: May 15, 2012 16:39 IST

Accusing civil aviation minister Ajit Singh of making policy statements on Air India outside Parliament during the session period, the CPI(M) on Tuesday moved a privilege notice against him in the Lok Sabha.

"We have tabled a notice of privilege against the civil aviation minister (Ajit Singh) in the House and demanded that he come and explain why he made policy statements on the issue outside when Parliament is in session," CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia told reporters here.

His statement came soon after BJP leader and former civil aviation minister Shahnawaz Hussain said Singh committed breach of privilege and a notice would be moved against him in the Lok Sabha.

The House had earlier witnessed a heated debate with Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj and several others, including Acharia, Hussain and Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI), castigating the Minister for making policy statements to the media on issues like privatisation of Air India when
Parliament was in session.

Acharia and his party colleague Sitaram Yechury also appealed to both the pilots and the government to urgently restore normalcy in Air India's flight schedules to end the continued inconvenience to passengers.

Yechury said the Parliamentary Standing Committee, headed by him, had twice pointed out serious problems with the merger of the two erstwhile state-run carriers, Indian Airlines and Air India. This was also pointed out by the Committee on Public Undertakings.

Observing that the Standing Committee had recommended that the two airlines continue to function separately but under a single holding company, he said, "But the government did not accept our recommendations and today the problems, which we had warned of three-four years ago, are occuring."