2G scam: No compromise on JPC demand, says BJP

Rejecting a government appeal, BJP Sunday ruled out any compromise on demand for JPC probe in the 2G spectrum issue and accused it of trying to shield the corrupt.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 15:26 PM IST

New Delhi: Rejecting a government appeal, BJP
Sunday ruled out any compromise on demand for JPC probe in the 2G
spectrum issue and accused it of trying to shield the corrupt.

The main Opposition also sought to put the onus of smooth
functioning of Parliament on the government, saying that the
proceedings of the House can begin from tomorrow if their
demand for a JPC was accepted.

"Why is the Congress afraid of a JPC? Does the
Congress-led government fear that its secrets will come out in
the open in such a probe... there will be no compromise in the
demand for a JPC," BJP spokesman Syed Shahnawaz Hussain told
reporters here.

Seeking to target Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the
2G scam, Hussain said that the government cannot separate its
responsibility from the "corrupt ways" of an individual.

"Shielding the corrupt is as grave a crime as
perpetrating corruption," the BJP leader said.

Government had ruled out setting up a Joint Parliamentary
Committee (JPC) to probe the alleged irregularities and
offered to discuss the issue in Parliament for four days.

Barring the opening day on November 9, Parliament has
remained in a state of a deadlock with the opposition
steadfast in its demand for a JPC. Financial business of the
government was passed by both the Houses amid din and without
any debate.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday 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 said in Kolkata.

On the issue of Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ
Thomas, Hussain today said the appointment was opposed by
Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj and yet the government
went ahead with it.

"What secrets of the Congress are known to the CVC that
the government is not acting against him," Hussain said.

Stating that Thomas was the Telecom Secretary when the
alleged irregularities in 2G spectrum allocations took place,
the BJP sought to know "under whose pressure was he appointed
to the key post of the CVC".

PTI