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Opposition shows no signs of relenting as Parliament resumes today


Pallavi Ghosh,CNN-IBN
Apr 29, 2013 at 12:31pm IST

New Delhi: Parliament will resume on Monday after a wasted week that saw adjournments and uproar over various issues such as 2G scam, coal scam and the Delhi minor rape. The opposition, however, is still not in a mood to relent and is all set to attack the government over the coal scam yet again.

In a bid to break the deadlock, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath is likely to meet Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj to ensure a smooth passage of the Finance Bill. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has also called an all-party meet to end the logjam.

She will appeal to them to allow financial business to be transacted without disruptions. The demands for grants for four ministries were agreed upon in consultation with opposition parties.

"Parliament getting adjourned frequently is not good for democracy. Government should give answer and now just blame the opposition," CPI leader D Raja said.

Meanwhile, Kamal Nath, in an interview with CNN-IBN, has dared the opposition to move a no confidence motion on the floor of the house. "Is that the right kind of opposition? Even if it hurts the people, let's suppose, is that the kind of parliamentary democracy we want? And we must remember that they don't like the government to vote it out. Why can't they say that the government is absolutely rubbish, just bring a no confidence motion," he said.

But the BJP brushed away Nath's remarks and attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh instead. "When has the Prime Minister met all political parties to break the deadlock? Parliamentary Affairs minister is just a minister, not the PM, why can't PM meet us and sit down," said BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

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