Budget session of Parliament: Opposition set to corner govt on bank scams

BJP Congress-led Opposition set to slug it out in Parliament over PNB scam

"We will also demand answers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the scam happened right under his watch", NDTV quoted him as saying.

"We will coordinate with other opposition parties to expose this BJP government that has not delivered on their promises". Amid reports that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP president and Rajya Sabha member Amit Shah would meet members of the TDP to discuss about special status and financial package, the ruling party, fresh from painting Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland saffron, did not execute its strategy of aggressively shouting down the opposition and blaming the former Manmohan Singh government for the bank scam.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Monday following uproar over several issues including the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh and demand for increasing quota beyond 50 percent in Telangana.

Outside Parliament, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal responded to the Opposition's offensive over the Punjab National Bank case, saying the scam "started during the time of the Congress".

Earlier in the day, the House was adjourned twice over the same issue.

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The Opposition has sought to pin the blame for the fraud on the government and mounted an attack on it by pointing out that Modi, after liquor baron Vijay Mallya, is the second big offender to flee India with a huge amount of money owed to public banks.

The legislation, once passed, will grant powers to the government to attach assets of persons declared fugitive.

The Rajya Sabha first adjourned for 10 miniutes till 11.20 pm and then till 2 pm.

The other issues likely to be raised by the Opposition are the Rafale fighter aircraft deal and the alleged paper leak in the SSC Combined Graduate-Level (CGL) examination. Two more notices have been issued on this matter. On March 1, the Prime Minister Modi-led Union cabinet approved the proposal to introduce the offenders bill 2018 in the Parliament.

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