Budget Session: Opposition to raise PNB fraud case

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Budget Session: Opposition to raise PNB fraud case
Budget Session: Opposition to raise PNB fraud case

New Delhi : With Budget session resuming on Monday, the opposition has prepared themselves to attack the government over ongoing PNB fraud case.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, many in the opposition, including the Congress and the Left parties, have indicated that they will insist on the setting up of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe the fraud at PNB involving jewellery designer Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi who have since fled the country and corrupt bankers.

The opposition parties like Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Left parties, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Samajwadi Party seem to have united to raise the issue.

Apart from PNB, the opposition will also be focusing on issues like the Rafale fighter aircraft deal and the alleged paper leak in the SSC Combined Graduate-Level (CGL) examination.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will not be present in the first week of Budget session as he is a week-long visit to Singapore and Malaysia, starting March 8. Gandhi tweeted last week that he was going to spend Holi (March 1) weekend with his grandmother who lives in Italy.

The government, on the other hand, will be presenting the Finance Bill and the Appropriation Bill. It will also push for the passage of the Triple Talaq bill, and also try to get Parliament’s assent to the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill that aims to safeguard banks against the flight of defaulters (much like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi, and Vijay Mallya did) by allowing the state to confiscate their assets.