`Sena would prefer to keep a distance from JPC`

Expressing displeasure over formation of a JPC only for the 2G Spectrum allocation scam, Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray said his party would stay away from it.

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 12:34 PM IST

Mumbai: Expressing displeasure over
formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) only for
the 2G Spectrum allocation scam, Sena Executive President
Uddhav Thackeray today said his party would stay away from it.

"Why the JPC was formed only to inquire 2G spectrum
scam by the Centre. Shiv Sena would prefer to keep a distance
from it," Uddhav said in party mouthpiece `Saamana`.

"The NDA had demanded the JPC for inquiring all
corruption cases including 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and
Adarsh Housing Society. The announcement of JPC by the Prime
Minister is mere eyewash," he said.

The Sena leader also criticised his allies in NDA for
suddenly being silent over scams after the JPC announcement.

The Supreme Court and CBI have already done their job
in the 2G scam and those responsible-- former Telecom Minister
A Raja and his colleagues-- were sent to jail. Many big
industrialists are also being quizzed on the issue, he said.

"But the question is why the Opposition gave up on the
Commonwealth and Adarsh front (to be included in the JPC),"
Uddhav asked.

The Sena leader`s statement comes a day after media
reports that party turned down ally BJP`s offer of a seat in
the JPC on the 2G scam as a multi-national company owned by
one of its Rajya Sabha members is allegedly a beneficiary of
the contract.

Based on its strength in both Houses of the Parliament,
BJP was allotted four seats from Lok Sabha and two from Rajya
Sabha in the 30-member JPC. Since long-time ally Shiv Sena did
not have the numbers to get any seat in the panel, the BJP
offered one seat from its share in LS, sources from BJP said.

The contract was given to Datacom Solutions that later
became Videocon Telecommunications which is one of the
companies that was alloted 2G Spectrum. Sena MP Rajkumar
Dhoot`s brother Venugopal Dhoot has deposed before the CBI in
connection with the case.

PTI