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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Indian parliament rocked by Volcker report

[b]Indian parliament rocked by Volcker report[/b]

By M Rama Rao - in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi 25 November ( [/b]Indian parliament was rocked on Wednesday by the opposition demand for a discussion on the Volcker committee report even as the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered government's readiness for discussion and the government's special envoy Virendra Dayal obtained all essential documents Volcker Committee, which named Union Minister Natwar Singh and Congress party as beneficiaries of pay-offs in the oil-for-food programme under Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

The opposition – government logjam in Parliament was over the demand for suspension of question hour to facilitate the discussion today. Led by BJP's Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the opposition also demanded the resignation of Minister without portfolio K Natwar Singh and Sonia Gandhi as National Advisory Council Chairperson, since their names figure in the report as non-contractual beneficiaries.

This demand met with an outright rejection from the treasury benches, leading to uproarious scenes and abrupt adjournment of Parliament for the day.

Virendra Dayal, a retired Indian diplomat, who was formerly with the UN, has wrapped his week-long visit to Newyork in the meantime after collecting all documents the Volcker committee relied upon.

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