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Updated: December 2, 2010 17:26 IST

Non-NDA Opposition to meet on Monday on 2G spectrum

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Leaders of the non-NDA Opposition after submitting a memorandum to the President, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. MPs from the parties will hold a “general body” meeting on Monday to press for their demand for a JPC probe into the 2G issue.
PTI Leaders of the non-NDA Opposition after submitting a memorandum to the President, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. MPs from the parties will hold a “general body” meeting on Monday to press for their demand for a JPC probe into the 2G issue.

With the deadlock in Parliament continuing, MPs from the non-NDA Opposition parties, including the Left, would meet on Monday to press for acceptance of their demand for a JPC probe into the spectrum scam.

In a bid to intensify pressure on the government, they would also hold an hour-long sit-in inside the Parliament campus on Tuesday.

This was decided at a meeting of the leaders of the CPI(M), the CPI, the RSP, the Forward Bloc, the TDP, the AIADMK, the JD(S), the MDMK, the BJD, the AGP and the RLD in Parliament on Thursday afternoon.

The parties have been blaming the government for the deadlock as a result of “non-acceptance” of their demand for setting up of a JPC and saying they have not been able to raise people’s issues.

“Leaders of 11 parties today decided to hold a ‘general body’ meeting of all their MPs on Monday. They are expected to adopt a resolution that the government, by not accepting our JPC demand, is squarely responsible for the logjam in Parliament.

“As the two Houses are not functioning, we have been deprived of the opportunity to raise burning issues affecting the people like price rise and unemployment,” CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia told PTI.

He said the MPs would also hold a protest sit-in near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi inside the Parliament campus.

Eighty MPs of these parties had on Tuesday marched to the Rashtrapati Bhavan from the Parliament House and submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil urging her to “advice” the government to accept the Opposition demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum issue.

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