India

Deadlock threatens Parliament's future: PM

  • Varghese K George, Hindustan Times, Berlin
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  • Updated: Dec 12, 2010 01:51 IST

Breaking his silence on the continuing disruption of Parliament by the opposition parties led by the BJP, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday he hoped “reason would prevail.”

Arriving here for a summit meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Singh said: “I am worried about the future of parliamentary system (in our country).”

The Opposition has blocked Parliament business for the last 21 working days demanding the setting up of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe corruption, in particular the 2G spectrum allocation scandal.

Singh made the comment in response to a question on how he hoped to manage the budget session if the boycott of Parliament continued.

“We have told the Opposition that the existing mechanisms can take care (of investigating the allegations). I hope the opposition sees reason. It is very sad that Parliament is not allowed to function,” Singh said, during a short-interaction with the journalists on board his special aircraft from Brussels — where he participated in the India-European Union summit — to Berlin.

The government has been telling the Opposition that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament is the most competent forum to deal with the allegation.

The Prime Minister returns to Delhi on Sunday morning after his two-day tour. He defended his travel abroad while Parliament was in session. “These dates had been finalised long ago. We cannot afford to not honour such commitments,” he said, adding “nothing much” was happening in Parliament.

 

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