2G scam: Non-BJP parties to meet President

Leaders of non-BJP opposition parties are likely to meet the President Tuesday to urge her to advise the government to accept their demand for JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation issue to end the stalemate in Parliament.

New Delhi: Leaders of non-BJP opposition
parties, including the Left, are likely to meet the President Tuesday to urge her to advise the government to accept their demand for JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation issue to
end the stalemate in Parliament.

Concerned over the continued disruption of proceedings in
Parliament for the past 12 working days, leaders of the four
Left parties, TDP, BJD and AIADMK, met here Monday and decided
to meet President Pratibha Patil tomorrow.

"We have decided to meet the President tomorrow to urge
her to advise the government to accept the demand for a Joint
Parliamentary Committee enquiry into the spectrum allocation
issue and end the continued disruption of Parliament," CPI
leaders D Raja and Gurudas Dasgupta said.

"We have sought time from the President tomorrow," they
said, adding other parties like the JD(S) are also likely to
join the delegation.

Patil is returning here tonight after an official visit to
the UAE and Syria.

The Left parties have been insisting on their demand for a
JPC probe into the spectrum allocation issue, saying no other
form of enquiry into the "mega scam which has caused the exchequer over Rs 1.76 lakh crore" would suffice.
The Left and other non-BJP opposition parties have put the
onus of proper functioning of the House on the government,
saying it was the ruling coalition`s responsibility to restore
order by accepting the JPC demand.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has been in talks with
Left leaders, including Sitaram Yechury and Dasgupta, to find
a way to resolve the continued impasse in Parliament.

PTI

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