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Let’s talk in the house: Pranab tells opposition

Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday urged the opposition to speak out regarding the 2G spectrum scam in the Parliament, requesting them to allow normal proceedings.

kolkata Updated: Nov 21, 2010 00:36 IST
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Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday urged the opposition to speak out regarding the 2G spectrum scam in the Parliament, requesting them to allow normal proceedings.

He added that a debate on the issue is acceptable to the UPA in the House, even before Public Accounts Committee (PAC) takes up the issue.

Mukherjee said that as per norms, PAC will examine a CAG report on the issue and will take action if anything is amiss.

“What the opposition is doing is very unfortunate. I would request them to come to the parliament and speak on the issue. Say whatever they want on the floor,’ said Mukherjee on the sidelines of Annual general meeting of Indian Tea Association.

“If they want a discussion on the issue even before PAC takes up the matter, they are welcome. The Parliament should be allowed to run. The opposition should say whatever it has to on the floor and the government will also say,” he added.

Mukherjee who recently held talks with Sushma Swaraj and Sitaram Yechury to break the deadlock, said there was a permanent joint parliamentary committee, which is the Public Accounts Committee chaired by an opposition leader.

The opposition has been stalling functioning of both houses of the Parliament demanding joint parliamentary committee (JPC) on the issue.