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Cong rules out no option to break stalemate over JPC

Ahead of the all party meeting to be held on February 8 to end the logjam over the issue, Congress on Thursday said no option was ruled out to break the stalemate in Parliament over a JPC probe into the 2G Spectrum scam.



New Delhi: Ahead of the all party meeting
to be held on February 8 to end the logjam over the issue,
Congress on Thursday said no option was ruled out to break the
stalemate in Parliament over a JPC probe into the 2G Spectrum
scam.

"I cannot comment on the details of the contours of
the solution. All I can say is that virtually every
possibility is open so long as the House, which is
constitutionally created for such a purpose is used for
discussion," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told
reporters here.
He was responding to a question on whether the
government is working on a quid pro quo formulae with the
opposition to announce JPC after a discussion on the issue is
held in the House.

"I cannot go beyond this because those who are managing
the issue cannot be pre-empted in their judgement," he added.

Singhvi, at the same time, hoped that the Opposition
would listen to the nation`s call and would not obstruct
budget session on a "wrong and dishonest demand of JPC".

A senior party leader said while there was no doubt
about Congress getting through the discussion in Lok Sabha,
where it has a majority, the party is definitely bothered
about the outcome of the discussions in Rajya Sabha and hence
could finally agree to a JPC. He said that the government
cannot also offer to list 2G issue as the first item of
discussion during the session to mollify the Opposition.

The leader said that Left will have no problem in
participating in a discussion on the issue first.

"We will see how the issue fans out in February 8
meeting," he said.
A section of the party believes that the resolution of
the vexed issue may not come on February 8 and could require
more such meetings between the government and the Opposition
ahead of the session, which starts on February 21.

Singhvi refused to comment on the Supreme Court
questioning CVC`s clearance given to P J Thomas in 2007-08 for
being appointed as Secretary.

"It is not only illegal but also irresponsible to
react minute to minute on the facts of ongoing proceedings
in the Supreme Court. Congress is certainly not going to react
to it. Whatever the court decides will be given respect by
all," he said.

Singhvi`s comments came as the government faced yet
another day of searching questions over the vigilance nod
given to P J Thomas`s appointment as secretary with the
Supreme Court holding that the CVC cannot be the final
authority in giving clearance to an official facing a
corruption case.

The Court also said it would lay down guidelines for
future appointment to the post of Central Vigilance
Commissioner.

PTI

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