2G impasse: Pranab again appeals to opposition

Pranab Mukherjee however ruled out a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

Kolkata: Ruling out a Joint Parliamentary
Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam, Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee Saturday appealed to the opposition
parties to let Parliament function so that a debate on the
issue could take place.

"I have requested them (opposition) to come back to
the House and let the whole issue be debated in Parliament.
Let them say whatever they want to say on the floor of the
house and the government will respond," he told reporters

"As soon as the CAG (on the 2G spectrum) report came,
the matter was referred to PAC. It is a permanent JPC having
members from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Therefore, PAC
itself is the JPC. I don`t understand why the JPC should be
there," he said.

Mukherjee said it is the constitutional responsibility
of the PAC to examine the report of the CAG.

He said side by side all relevant inquiries were going

On the government`s effort to end the stalemate in
Parliament, Mukherjee, the leader of the Lok Sabha, said the
Speaker had called a meeting of all parties and there were
several formal and informal discussions.

Mukherjee said, "We have requested the opposition
leaders that we have already started investigation in respect
of all matters of concern."

"Even at the last moment I am appealing to them
(opposition) to come back to the house," he added.