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Friday, August 24, 2012

Sonia tells MP to take fight head-on

Congress president Sonia Gandhi
With both sides -the Opposition NDA and ruling UPA -sticking to their respective positions, the logjam in Parliament continued for the third straight day on Thursday. As the BJP-led Opposition stuck to its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation after a CAG report on coal block allocations, a combative Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked party MPs not to be “defensive“ on the issue and to aggressively go on the offensive.

Even attempts by the presiding officers of the two Houses failed to break the deadlock.

While the all-party meeting convened by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari saw BJP and Congress members throwing barbs at each other, the attempt by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar failed as the Opposition boycotted the meeting.

The BJP's Arun Jaitley is learnt to have said Parliament is also about accountability, and the gov ernment cannot jettison this role. Congress leaders said parliamentary practices were going downhill, and blamed it on the Opposition's attitude.

The BJP, however, countered this by saying the Congress, too, had stalled Parliament for 20 days when the Tehelka controversy had erupted during the NDA rule, sources said.

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