Parliament impasse over JPC continues

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 3 2010, 05:46am hrs
With the Opposition insistent upon a JPC probe in the 2-G spectrum scam, the Centre on Thursday cited one more reason to oppose the demand.

As many as 37 political parties are represented in Parliament and a joint parliamentary committee would be restricted only to seven parties, parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told the media here today. Would it be a representative body he asked. Bansal, obviously wanted to drive the point home to smaller Opposition groups that they would have no role in a JPC, and therefore, they had nothing to gain by backing the demand made by bigger formations like the NDA, Left Front and Samajwadi Party.

The government has so far maintained that the PAC is more suited to look into the matter. Terming the demand political, the Centre has charged the Opposition with a design to summon the PM and other ministers in case a JPC is constituted.

Bansal pointed out that the whole issue of 2-G spectrum allocation was before the Supreme Court. In this situation, a parliamentary committee could not handle the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of the issue. However, Parliament could discuss the issue at length. This view was not shared by the Opposition. We dont want to talk out the issue, NDA parliamentary party chairman LK Advani told the media.