Oppn should allow PM to explain: Shourie

But once government demonstrates action that will follow then there will be no problem,” he said.

Written by Express News Service | Chennai | Published: August 26, 2012 12:59:33 am

With protests over the damning observations in the CAG report on coal block allocations paralysing both Houses of Parliament for the past four days,former Union minister Arun Shourie asked the Opposition benches to allow the Prime Minister to explain himself instead of stalling Parliament endlessly.

“Prime Minister was the Minister-in-charge (of the Coal Ministry). He must be given the opportunity to explain the facts as he sees them,” said Shourie,speaking on the sidelines of a function in Chennai where he was the main speaker.

The former minister and one of the outspoken leaders who has a blow hot,blow cold relationship with the BJP,made clear his displeasure at stalling of the proceedings instead of initiating debates. “In the end,the Opposition does not gain much by disrupting Parliament,” Shourie said.

He said the grouse of the Opposition was not about debates but rather about the absence of follow-up action after each debate. “Therefore some politicians are let off and that is their grievance. But once government demonstrates action that will follow then there will be no problem,” he said.

Mentioning the BJP’s boycott of the then Home Minister P Chidambaram over the allegations against him in the 2G spectrum sale issue,Shourie pointed out that it was given up after a few days. If the MPs felt “outraged” they should be Gandhian and not compromise. Otherwise it seems “it is just for the moment”,he added.

Taking a dig at Chidambaram who recently returned to the Finance Ministry,Shourie said: “No doubt the country is suffering from his budgets,of the deficits which he pioneered,of the populist schemes which he included,of the off-budget items which he did not include in the budget and all of which had inflationary consequences.”

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