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Noisy protests over 2G scam force Parliament to adjourn

By Nairita Das

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till tomorrow following noisy protests by Opposition members, who persisted with their demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G Spectrum scam.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled, Opposition members trooped into the well raising slogans for setting up a JPC to probe the alleged irregularities in the scam.

Speaker Meira Kumar's attempts to pacify the members bore no fruit and she adjourned the House earlier till noon hardly a few minutes after it met and later for the day.

In the Rajya Sabha, opposition BJP and AIADMK members rushed to the well the moment Deputy Chairman K Rahman Khan took up the listed business.

Khan told the members to go back to their places so that he could take up an obituary reference to condole the death of over 65 persons in a building collapse in East Delhi.

But hell broke loose thereafter with BJP and AIADMK members rushing into the well shouting, "We want JPC."

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was present in the House during the commotion.

Minutes into the pandemonium, Khan adjourned the House till Friday.

The 2G spectrum allocation has reportedly caused an alleged loss of Rs1.76 lakh crores to the Government, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has stated in a damning report.

The report further states that A. Raja had no apparent logical or valid reasons to ignore the advice of the Law and Finance Ministries while allocating telecom spectrum to several firms in 2007-08.(ANI)

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