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SETTING THE TONE: Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi inaugurates the State conference of the Indian Lawyers Congress in Kochi on Saturday.
SETTING THE TONE: Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi inaugurates the State conference of the Indian Lawyers Congress in Kochi on Saturday.

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Kochi: Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi on Saturday criticised the BJP and the other Opposition parties for disrupting Parliament proceedings and causing loss of valuable time.

Talking to the media, he said Parliament, especially Lok Sabha, had lost lot of time due to the disruption and walkouts of the Opposition. He said the government was not running away from any issue. This was not the way Parliament should function.

The Opposition should do an introspection and make sure that however controversial the issue might be, Parliament's time was not lost.

Asked about the proposed amendment to the Right to Information Act, he said that it was only at the discussion stage. No concrete draft on the proposed amendment was ready.

He said the Congress wanted more and more transparency in the functioning of the administration. In fact, the Act needed to be “fine-tuned to make it more effective and result oriented”. He said that change, if any, would be made to the Act only after holding a comprehensive discussion with all concerned.

On 3G spectrum allocation controversy, he said Union Telecom Minister A. Raja was part of the UPA government. However, the Congress did not deal with him. If there was any relevant and credible material, it could be forwarded to the government for taking action. As of now, there was nothing to act upon.

Replying to a question, he said the verdict convicting Ajmal Kasab in the Mumbai attack cases was a “special landmark occasion” for the Indian judiciary and legal fraternity. It demonstrated that the country could arrive at a decision within reasonable time after giving Kasab each and every right that was available to the citizen of the country. The response of the country was very restrained. It showed that the country was not a “trigger-happy” one.

On inclusion of caste in the census enumeration, he said the government had declared only its intention to consider the possibility of inclusion of caste in the enumeration.

Replying to a question, he said the government had only introduced the Civil Nuclear Liability Bill in Parliament. There could not be a discussion at the introductory stage.

However, there was an exemption to the rule. If the legislative competence was doubted, it could be discussed. But no such question was raised by anybody.

The attempt of the BJP and the other Opposition parties were to “create a sensation” and to “use the sensation to disrupt the proceedings of the Houses. The BJP is an issueless party in search of an issue”, he said.

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