Parliament’s disruption ‘match-fixing’ by government, BJP: CPI-M

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Terming the disruption of parliament as “match fixing” between BJP and Congress, the CPI-M Tuesday said the opposition’s demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation over the coal allocation issue was meaningless.

“In the garb of PM’s resignation demand, you are allowing the government a free hand to do whatever they want. This is one kind of match-fixing between BJP and the Congress,” Communist party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

“Demanding the resignation is meaningless and it does not happen,” he said.

“Parliament is not functioning, no debate is taking place and there is no accountability. A match-fixing is going on which is helping the government to avoid debate. We want the government to be accountable to parliament,” said Yechury.

He said the observations made by the Supreme Court on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) coal scam affidavit vetted by Law Minister Ashwani Kumar has “only vindicated what we are saying all along that the CBI is becoming a political arm of the government of the day and that is not in the interest of the country”.

“We are for an independent panel of advocates for the CBI,” he said, adding: “It should be independent of the government and that is why we are suggesting that the panel of lawyers that CBI should have be independent of the government.”

Parliament has remained paralysed since April 22, when it met for the second half of the budget session after a month-long recess.

The BJP had Monday said it would allow the Finance Bill 2013-14 to be passed in the Lok Sabha Tuesday as it did not want a “constitutional crisis”.

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