Congress MPs condemn logjam of winter session in Parliament

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New Delhi, Dec.13 (ANI): Speaker of the Lok Sabha Meira Kumar and Congress Member of Parliament (MPs) on Monday condemned the logjam in the Parliament throughout the winter session.

"It anguished me extremely; it affected me. I want this should not happen again and the next session would progress smoothly as the hopes and expectations of many people are dependent on the smooth functioning of the Parliament," said Kumar.

Kumar further said the logjam would not spill over to the Budget Session of the House.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) protested almost everyday leading to adjournments within minutes of assembling of the House over their continuous demands for setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe into the 2G scam.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said when the MPs would violate the rules then there would be no cure for such problems.

"It is very unfortunate that in the entire sessions we could not conduct any business and it is more so that MPs are to protect constitutional proprieties norms, rules, because they are the creators of these norms. They are the creators of these rules," said Mukherjee.

"All the rules under the Parliament's function are the creation of the members of the Parliament. If the creators themselves violate their own rules then where is the remedy? This is very unfortunate," he added.

Meanwhile, Union Minority and Corporate Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed said the MPs should understand that the continuous logjam is a serious matter of concern as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said.

"I can only repeat what the Prime Minister has wished, hoped and said that we find some solution to this logjam because it's obviously a major, major problem for our democracy with a highest forum where we discuss matters on which we agree or disagree, that forum is not functioning," said Khursheed.

"I hope the people will listen to the Prime Minister not as a member of a political party but as someone who leads the whole country," he added.

The Winter Session of Parliament began on November 9 and has witnessed repeated adjournments over the opposition's insistence for a JPC probe into the 2G scam, even after A. Raja resigned as Communications and IT Minister. (ANI)

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