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Fernandes responsible for stalemate in Parliament: Congress

Wednesday 4 May 2005

New Delhi, May. 4 (PTI): The Congress today alleged former Defence Minister George Fernandes, was responsible for the continuing stalemate in Parliament as the main reason behind the NDA’s "confrontationist" attitude was Tehelka probe initiated by the UPA Government.

"It is because of one person that Parliament is facing disruption for long. Whether it was the previous (NDA) Government or the present Government, Fernandes (NDA Convenor) is solely responsible for the continued disruption", party spokesman Anand Sharma, told reporters.

He said the main reason behind the current disruption and boycott of Parliament were cases before the Supreme Court relating to defence deals as also 35 cases referred to the CBI in which the CAG has indicted the NDA Government.

Describing the BJP-led NDA’s decision to boycott remaining part of Parliament’s budget session as an "unfortunate" chapter in the history of Indian Parliamentary democracy, Sharma said it was the mindset of the BJP leadership which has "failed" to play the role of a constructive Opposition.

"The Opposition cannot choose to remain silent as they are assigned the role of Opposition and that is why Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, reached to them requesting to return and participate on the issues they wanted to discuss", he said.

Sharma hoped that "better sense will prevail upon the NDA keeping in view the rising demand in the alliance itself to end the boycott. "After all they are answerable to the people".

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