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No joint parliamentary committee on N-deal: Govt

The government justifies its decision, saying that no bilateral agreement has come under the scrutiny of Parliament.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2007 12:51 IST

The government on Friday turned down a demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to study the Indo-US nuclear deal, saying no bilateral agreement has come under the scrutiny of Parliament.

An angry opposition, demanding a JPC on the agreement, disrupted the proceedings of the Lok Sabha. The house was adjourned till 12 noon.

The opposition also brought a privilege motion against the government, saying its announcement of a United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-Left committee to address the concerns expressed by the communists over the agreement had violated the dignity of the house.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Samajwadi Party made the demand for JPC. But External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, "On behalf of the government, I strongly refuse any JPC on the Indo-US nuclear deal."

He added that since Jan 26, 1950 no bilateral deal had come under the scrutiny of parliament and said the committee that was announced Thursday was an internal arrangement between the UPA coalition and its Left allies.

NDA, Third Front stalls proceedings

Opposition NDA and Third Front on Friday stalled proceedings of Rajya Sabha demanding a Joint Parliament Committee (JPC) to be set up to go into the Indo-US civilian nuclear cooperation agreement, leading to adjournment of the House for an hour.

As soon as the House met for the day, NDA members led by BJP leaders Yashwant Singh, Arun Shourie and Shushma Swaraj and Third Front, SP & TDP MPs including Amar Singh were up on their feet demanding a JPC to go into the nuclear deal.

First Published: Aug 31, 2007 11:48 IST