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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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[b]Indian political parties in damage control mode after cash for questions scam[/b]

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

[b]New Delhi 14 December ( :[/b] A day after the cash for question scam broke out involving about a dozen parliamentarians, major parties are into damage control mode; Parliament in the meanwhile is trying to come to grips with the reality, and has activated the Ethics Committee. The Upper House of India's bi-cameral legislature suspended its lone member Chhattrapal Singh Lodha caught in the scam.

BJP, the main opposition party, which has the largest number of six law makers caught on the TV footage accepting bribes in the scam, has set up its own internal inquiry and asked the Speaker of the Lok Sabha to suspend all the guilty members from its benches.

Simultaneously, the party has decided to rake up two of its core ideological issues, namely deportation of large number of illegal Bangaldeshi migrants and ban on the cow slaughter. This move is seen as a rear guard action to retrieve the high moral ground it has lost with the surfacing of the latest scam.

BJP Vice-President Bal Apte will head the party's internal inquiry into the cash-for-questions scam . Former Labour Minister Satya Narayan Jatiya, and former Surface Transport Minister Brig Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri are the other members of the probe panel. They have been asked to give their report before Parliament session ends on Dec 23.

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