Govt options not closed: Cong sources

Facing relentless pressure from the Opposition, Congress today indicated that it has not not closed options on breaking the Parliament logjam on 2G spectrum scam.

New Delhi: Facing relentless pressure
from the Opposition, Congress today indicated that it has not
not closed options on breaking the Parliament logjam on 2G
spectrum scam.

For the record, however, the party maintained that it
does not not favour setting up of a Joint Parliamentary
Committee (JPC) into the 2G spectrum scam.

"Till this hour, the opinion of Congress is that JPC
is not required into the matter," party spokesperson Shakeel
Ahmed told reporters at the AICC briefing adding "it was an
inappropriate demand of the Opposition".

Ahmed, however, refused to give a direct reply to a
specific query on whether Congress` stand against JPC is the
final decision of the party.

A senior AICC leader also made similar remarks when
asked whether JPC chapter is closed for Congress now.

"Till today, our stand is same. JPC is not required.
And why the Opposition is running away from discussions," he
said.

But party sources said that there were many options
on breaking the logjam that includes conceding to the
Opposition demand on JPC if it came to the crunch.

They ruled out sine die adjourment of the winter
session lest it gave a wrong image about the government.

Some Congress leaders including ministers, speaking
on the condition of anonymity, said the government might have
to accept JPC sooner or later if the Opposition does not
relent as it is primarily the responsibility of the ruling
party to run Parliament.

In a meeting with Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K
Bansal yesterday, a group of Congress MPs had also wondered
what was the harm in having a JPC into the matter.

The party spokesperson, however, adopted a tough
posture against the opposition parties for their insistence on
JPC saying they are paralaysing Parliament`s functioning with
their "rigidity" on the issue saying it is not a good thing.

"People of the country have given the mandate to run
the Government and Parliament to the UPA. If the Opposition
finds lacunaes in the policies and actions of the government,
they have the right to express their views and raise issues.
But they do not have the mandateto force the government to do
what they want. People have not given mandate to the
opposition for it," Ahmed said.

On the deadlock in Parliament over the JPC demand,
Ahmed said, "Government`s stand is the party`s stand. The
government has made it clear that they do not find JPC
necessary into the issue, when PAC has already begun looking
into the matter. The Opposition should understand this."

PTI