New Delhi: Targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for recently comparing sops to telecom sector with subsidy for the poor, Opposition on Wednesday launched its attack on the government in Parliament over corruption and rising inflation for the second successive day. (Agencies)
The debate on Motion of Thanks to the President's Address also saw a recommendation that the government should accept the suggestion of sacked CWG Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi for JPC probe into Commonwealth Games.
Participating in the debate in the Lok Sabha, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said the cases of corruption have increased during UPA-II rule. "Corruption is like opium addiction...It is not going away," he said, referring to the spurt in cases of corruption in the past few years.
Frequent clashes were witnessed during the debate as members of the ruling and opposition parties accused each other of corruption and inaction to check the menace.
Talking about 2G spectrum allocation scam, JD(U) leader termed as "unfortunate" Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal's statement rubbishing the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) as "utterly erroneous".
"If Raja (A Raja, former Telecom Minister) has done no wrong, then why he is being interrogated," Yadav questioned, while taking a dig at Sibal, added that he was "treating the nation as his legal chamber."
CPI-M veteran Basudeb Acharia said, "Crony capitalism and corruption are increasing alarmingly" and that big business houses and corporate are in a position to decide policy matters themselves.
He said his party had demanded JPC because the country has seen one scam after another in the recent years and there are wide ramifications of the 2G scam.
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, in the Upper House, criticised the Prime Minister's recent remark comparing sops to the telecom sector and the subsidy to the poor.
The ‘argument is bogus’, Yechury said referring to the PM’s statement that the Rs 1.76 lakh crore could not be construed as a loss to the national exchequer in the same way as the subsidies being given to poor on kerosene.
He wondered how incentives for big business houses were good but subsidy on food was detrimental for growth, as was pointed out by the Prime Minister.
Referring to the 2G scam, Yechury said, "You have chosen not to tax the corporates but the scam lies in the fact that the licences were sold at least six times their value within six months."
While the UPA Government keeps talking about inclusive growth, it was "doing exactly the opposite" by allowing inflation to increase by encouraging policies like futures and "speculative" trading of essential commodities.
Meanwhile, Congress member Jadgambika Pal in the Lok Sabha sought to refute the Opposition charges, saying while the Congress removed Maharashtra Chief Minister in the aftermath of the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the NDA failed to do any such thing in Karnataka, despite adverse reports against the Chief Minister.
New Delhi: Targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for recently comparing sops to telecom sector with subsidy for the poor, Opposition on Wednesday launched its attack on the government in Parliament over corruption and rising inflation for the second successive day.