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Parliament Winter Session: Congress to press for JPC probe into Rafale deal

Congress would also raise the issue alleged misuse of EVMs

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Opposition parties to observe 8 November as Black Day: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress DeMonetisation. Photo: ANI
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the issue concerning EVMs was very important for democracy

The on Monday said it will press for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) inquiry into the Rafale deal and raise the issue of alleged misuse of electronic voting machines (EVM) when Parliament's winter session opens on Tuesday.

Talking to the media, senior party leader said the party will also seek discussion on "misuse of investigative agencies" by the government to target political rivals, problems faced by farmers, fall in the value of rupee, rise in prices of petroleum products, security of women and "erosion of RBI autonomy".

"We have been demanding for a long time that there should be a probe in the Rafale scam but the government has failed to take a decision. We have again urged it to form a JPC," he said.

Azad said it was important for democracy that voters have faith on

"But unfortunately since the came to power, people have lost faith in because the ruling party is misusing them. In the recent Assembly polls, this crossed all limits. machines were found in houses, hotels, on roads, they were being taken unprotected in buses and jeeps," he said.

"There is a big doubt, a question mark whether elections were free and fair or being held under the watch of the government."

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He said the issue concerning is very important for democracy.

"If democracy is to survive, the issue has to be settled, the credibility of has to be established."

Azad said the wants Parliament to run smoothly and bills to be passed but there should be a discussion on issues concerning people.

"We have told the government that the houses will run, we will help pass the bills but simultaneously the issues facing people should be discussed."

First Published: Mon, December 10 2018. 15:20 IST