Parliament Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal also
sought to take the sting out of BJP's strident demand for JPC
reminding it of the statement of Murali Manohar Joshi that the
Public Accounts Committee was "adequately equipped" to deal
with the subject. Joshi, a senior BJP leader, heads the PAC.
"It is the right of the Opposition to throw out the
government. It is not the right of the Opposition to obstruct
the functioning of the government. Out of conviction we cannot
accept the demand for JPC," he said.
The minister's insistence was that the Opposition does
not want to unearth the truth behind the alleged scam but its
intention was to have a "political weapon" in their hands
"which we are not going to offer".
"They are using it as a political handle in a political
battle, which we will fight politically," he said adding that
this was clear from the Opposition's statements which show
that their "sole intention" was to summon Prime Minister or
Ministers before the JPC and not to probe the issue.
Bansal contended that the JPC could be no better than
any Parliamentary committee. "JPC is a creation of Parliament
and therefore it cannot be above Parliament."
The minister said that nevertheless the government has
"not lost hope" and will try to persuade the Opposition to run
the House till the last day of the session.
Asked about possibilities of curtailment of the Winter
session, Bansal said there was no such proposal as of now.
Bansal's comments come close on the heels of NDA
declaring that there was no going back on the issue of JPC
demand as it was a multi-dimensional scam, undermining
democracy itself and wondering why the government was "scared"
of a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe.
Bansal also sought to divide the opposition, noting that
only seven of the total 37 parties in Parliament would be able
to give their representation in such a probe.
"Parliament is represented by 37 political parties, but
the JPC would be restricted only to seven political parties.
Would it be a representative body?" he said.
Besides, he said that the JPC can have only three members
from UPA, two from NDA and the rest two from Left and BSP.
New Delhi: The deadlock in Parliament is
expected to continue next week with the Government once again
rejecting the demand for a JPC into 2G spectrum scam alleging
that the Opposition was using the stalemate as a "political
weapon" to obstruct its functioning.
First Published: Friday, December 03, 2010, 19:41