2G spectrum scam: Left Parties to launch nationwide campaign

Stepping up their offensive against the UPA Government on the 2G spectrum issue, the Left parties on Wednesday said they will soon launch a nation-wide joint campaign with like minded parties.

Hyderabad: Stepping up their offensive
against the UPA Government on the 2G spectrum issue, the Left
parties on Wednesday said they will soon launch a nation-wide joint
campaign with like minded parties.

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here
that his party is in touch with outfits like Telugu Desam
Party (TDP), Biju Janta Dal (BJD), Assam Gana Parishad (AGP),
Janata Dal (Secular), AIADMK and others to kick-off the
campaign.
Slamming the Congress on the 2G Spectrum scam, he asked
why the party did not agree for a Joint Parliamentary
Committee (JPC) probe into the issue.

"We would like to ask the Manmohan Singh Government the
reason for refusing a JPC," he said.

Training his guns on the Prime Minister, Karat sought to
know why he was silent on the 2G Spectrum issue when he knew
that the spectrum allocation lacked transparency.

"The Prime Minister had written a letter to then Telecom
Minister A Raja in November 2007 itself asking him to have a
proper procedure. The main question now is why the government
did not act," he said.

The winter session of Parliament could not conduct
business because of the government`s refusal of accept the JPC
demand, he said.
A thorough investigation by the JPC is needed to unravel
the entire gamut of the 2G spectrum scam which is estimated to
have caused a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer,
Karat said.

Citing the examples of alleged scam in rice exported to
Africa, Adarsh Housing Society and the 2G Spectrum scam, he
claimed people are becoming aware that Congress-led government
at the Centre came under the influence of big business houses.

The BJP was adopting double standards on fight against
corruption as its government in Karnataka faced allegation of
corruption.

To a query, he said the spectrum allocation license should
be cancelled and an auction conducted to recover the lost
money.

Meanwhile, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan also said his
party, along with like-minded parties, would launch a joint
campaign on the issue of the 2G Spectrum scam and other cases
of corruption.

PTI

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