NDA demands bigger LS committee to inquire into cash for vote scam

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New Delhi, July 28 (UNI) Ruling out any intention to move a no-confidence motion against the Manmohan Singh Government even though it ''used illegal and immoral means'' to sail through, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) today demanded expansion of the seven-member Committee, set up inquire into the "cash for vote" scandal, to make it more representative of the Lok Sabha.

The Committee does not represent all the big parties, hence our demand to make it broad-based, NDA spokesperson Sushma Swaraj told mediapersons after the meeting of leaders of NDA constituents held at Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani's residence here this morning.

She said the NDA felt that the 11-member Ethics Committee which was set up to probe the MPLAD scam was sufficient to look into the "cash-for-Vote" scandal. But "If the Speaker thinks that the points of reference to the seven-member committee is different from the Ethics committee, we don't see any logic in retaining seven out of it and dropping four members--Mr Anant G.Geethe (shiv sena), Mr Braja Kishore Tripathi (BJD), Mr Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) and Shrinivas Patil(NCP)," she said.

BJP Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Vijay Kumar Malhotra would apprise the feeling of the NDA and will urge upon him to expand it to at least 11 members,she said.

The NDA, meanwhile, cautioned the Government not to further defer the Monsoon Session scheduled to commence on August 11. "It has already been delayed as Monsoon used to begin by July 15 and end by August 15 every year," she said, asserting that several important issues like price rise, farmers plight, serial bomb blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad needed to be discussed in Parliament at the earliest.

Moreover, the Government, which was determined to go ahead with the Indo-US Nuclear Deal had not yet discussed it in the Rajya Sabha, she reminded.

On a question whether the NDA would cooperate with Finance Minister P Chidamabaram on fiscal reforms and pension Bill, she said "We are not going to support any agenda of the government which is 'llegitimate', having got extended its own term through immoral means. We are of the firm opinion that the reforms should be taken up by the next elected government." UNI KAS/MCN PK AS1724

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