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Reconvene Parliament on ''Office of Profit'' controversy: CPI

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Mar 24 ( UNI ) The demand for reconvening Parliament gained momentum with the CPI today asking the government not to find any" shortcut" to resolve the ''Office of Pofit,'' controversy and call an emergency session of the two houses to adopt a legislation to thrash out the issue.

''We are firmly of the view that Parliament should be called upon to deliberate on the issue and finally clinch it by adopting a legislation. No shortcut method should be taken to settle the controversy," said CPI Parliament group in the Lok Sabha leader Gurudas Dasgupta in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Mr Dasgupta also took umbrage to the government's decision to end the Budget session abruptly and questioned the motive behind its announcement that the step was taken as the government had no business left to transact in Parliament." It is an innocent way of defending an action that has no defence." Meanwhile, the BJP also demanded the immediate convening of Parliament to take up the issue of Office of Profit. The CPI(M), RSP and Forward Bloc also favour that Parliament be empowered to define what is the ''Office of Profit.'' Mr Dasgupta said this was the first time that the Budget session had been adjourned all of a sudden without consulting any party. ''The Budget session always takes place in two spells.'' Parliament was convened earlier from February 16 to March 17 and subsequently it was changed. ''Now it has been adjourned sine die and, therefore, it is going to be prorogued on the advice of the Government.'' He said the CPI had always been suggesting that Parliament meet at least for 100 days in a year. ''In fact, the issue was raised on the floor of Parliament by many members, including me.'' Successive governments, irrespective of party affiliations, had been trying to scuttle Parliament and dilute its functioning, the consequences of which were bound to be ominous, Mr Dasgupta said adding that", I put on record my concern." UNI KSA AT RK1714

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