New Delhi: The CPI(M), which has been
castigating Congress for "jettisoning" Parliament functioning
by not accepting the demand for JPC probe into the 2G spectrum
scam, on Thursday hit out at BJP, saying it was indulging in
"double-speak" on the issue.
"BJP`s credibility has gone down considerably in the
eyes of the people due to its internal contradictions which
are clearly reflected by the varied stands the party and its
top leaders are taking on the JPC issue," party leader Sitaram
Yechury told reporters here.
Maintaining that the role of the main opposition BJP
was getting "curiouser and curiouser", he said it had not only
not taken any action against Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa on the alleged land scandals, but was also
indulging in "double speak" on the JPC issue.
While its senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who heads
the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has started investigating
the 2G scam, his party was demanding JPC probe, saying a PAC
inquiry would not suffice, Yechury said.
Even former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie was "going
against the BJP line by openly advocating that there was no
need to have a JPC", he said.
Clearly, the saffron party "does not want a probe into
the policy shifts that happened under their government," the
CPI(M) leader said, adding that the NDA government had
abruptly moved from the policy of `license fees` to `revenue
sharing` in the telecom sector.
This, Yechury said, was alleged to have caused "a
massive loss to government revenues at the expense of
favouring some corporates".
Yechury also lambasted the Congress for not accepting
the JPC demand which had led to an entire session of
Parliament going waste.
"This has never happened before. The main force
jettisoning the session is the Congress ... because of their
obdurate refusal to set up JPC probe into the biggest ever
scam worth Rs 1.76 lakh crore. Normally when an impasse
arises, it is the government which comes out with suggestions
to find a way out," the CPI(M) leader said.
He recalled that when NDA was in power, "It was then
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Manmohan Singh who used to
lead walkouts. A JPC was finally established to probe the
Ketan Parikh scam. But this time round, no such initiative has
been taken by the UPA government. The Congress is to be blamed
for jettisoning the Parliament".
Yechury said the 11 non-BJP opposition parties,
including the Left, would chalk out a programme of nationwide
protests on the issue in the next few days. These would
include rallies and demonstrations in various state capitals.
In an editorial in the forthcoming issue of party
organ `People`s Democracy`, Yechury said the JPC would not
only enquire into the spectrum scam, but suggest measures to
plug loopholes in the system so that its "massive
manipulation", as in this case, can be prevented.
"Those who argue that JPCs in the past have not
produced any results, overlook the fact that current
regulations for our financial markets have been put in place
only after the JPC recommendations on the Harshad Mehta stock
market scam," he said.