2G JPC: Govt fails to break Parliament impasse

Opposition is sticking to its demand that a JPC probe be ordered into the 2G scam.

Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 17:54 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The logjam in Parliament over the Opposition’s demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam continued Monday as the all-party meet convened by Finance Minister and UPA’s crisis manager Pranab Mukherjee failed to arrive at a consensus.

The Opposition NDA and the Left parties are sticking to their stand demanding JPC into the 2G spectrum allocation scam and made it clear that there won’t compromise on their stand.

During the meeting, the government proposed that the teams of multiple agencies probing the 2G scam could be attached with the Public Accounts Committee.

"We said that we will not accept (the government proposal)," Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said. The view echoed by representatives of other Opposition parties who attended the meeting.

After an hour-long meeting, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Opposition parties that he would get back to them after consulting PM.

Mukherjee had invited leaders of all parties – for the second time in a week - for a luncheon meeting to discuss a way out to end the impasse in Parliament.

As per reports, he once again made an appeal to the Opposition parties to allow Parliament to function. Senior Congress leader and Defence Minister AK Antony was also present during the meeting.

The Opposition had, earlier, rejected Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh`s appeal to let Parliament function.

Both the Congress and the government have so far ruled out constitution of JPC and have maintained that the CAG report should be sent to PAC in the normal course as the parliamentary committee is competent to look into the issue.

This is the seventh successive day of disruptions in Parliament over the demand for a JPC. Today also as soon as the Parliament convened, the Opposition created a ruckus forcing the adjournment of both the Houses for the day.

In view of an unrelenting Opposition, the Congress leadership has been trying hard to stave off the pressure, however, all its effort so far have failed to convince the Opposition parties and the issue has led to the continuous disruption of Parliament’s Winter Session.

Congress leadership is also of the view that pressure on the UPA government will increase manifold if BJP removes the ``scam-tainted`` BS Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister of Karnataka and the results of Bihar polls come in.