Oppn subverting Constitution by stalling Parliament: Mukherjee

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee accused opposition of subverting the Constitution by stalling Parliament repeatedly over the 2G spectrum issue.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 18:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Making a scathing attack on the
opposition led by BJP, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday
accused them of subverting the Constitution by stalling
Parliament repeatedly over the 2G spectrum issue.

He also rejected the opposition demand for a JPC probe
into the alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocations
contending that the government had handed over the case to CBI
last year "where as the BJP raised the issue only in 2010".

"You (BJP) are asking for a JPC in 2010...The CBI has
been probing the 2G spectrum case since 2009. The CBI filed an
FIR in the matter in October 2009," Mukherjee said while
moving the political resolution at the ongoing 83rd Congress
Plenary at Burari on the fringes of the national capital.

He contended that a joint parliamentary committee cannot
probe any case but only make recommendation to the government.

Ruling out setting up a JPC, he said the oldest watchdog
body of the country -- the Public Accounts Committee -- has
been examining the 2G spectrum issue and simultaneous
investigations were being carried out by the CBI, a one-man
Commission set up by the Telecom Ministry, Income Tax
officials and the Enforcement Directorate.

"What will a JPC do? There is no rational explanation,"
he said and accused the opposition of subverting the
Constitution by forcing repeated adjournments of Parliamentary
proceedings.

"Congress men and women will rise against any attempt to
subvert the Parliamentary system," Mukherjee said.

In an oblique reference to Karnataka, he said the BJP had
debarred members of a state assembly who were preparing to
vote against the Chief Minister.

On the other hand, Mukherjee said Congress had changed
chief ministers and cabinet ministers even if there was a
"shadow of doubt against them".Launching a broadside against the opposition, Mukherjee
said a person who had resigned following allegations of fraud
during the NDA rule had been reinstated though a probe against
him was yet to clear his name in the alleged scam.

Mukherjee said the people of the country had renewed
their mandate in favour of the Congress in 2009 which was
larger than the one in 2004.

"Those political parties who were with us in alliance
gained or retained their strength. Those who deserted us,
lost. People want the Congress to lead," he said.

Mukherjee listed threat to internal security, rise of
communal forces, growing regional aspirations, politics of
confrontation and terror acts aided and abetted from across
the border as major challenges before the country.

"Power comes from the support of the people not by
wielding the gun. We have kept the door open for talks and
negotiations. We hope good sense will prevail," he said on the
issue of Naxalism.

He said the government had taken key steps to tackle the
threat from across the border and no major terror attacks had
taken place since 26/11 barring the one in Pune and another in
Varanasi.

PTI