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Cong seeking Opp`s cooperation for smooth Budget session

Ahead of Tuesday`s meeting with Opposition parties convened by the government, Congress Friday appeared to have softened its stand on the JPC issue in a bid to break the deadlock in Parliament on the 2G spectrum allocation scam.



New Delhi: Ahead of Tuesday`s meeting with
Opposition parties convened by the government, Congress Friday appeared to have softened its stand on the JPC issue in a bid to break the deadlock in Parliament on the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

"We are open to discussing such a resolution in
Parliament on the JPC issue," Congress spokesperson Jayanti
Natarajan told reporters here, noting that she was seeking
cooperation of the Opposition to ensure a smooth Budget
session beginning on February 21.

She said if such a resolution is brought it should be
voted upon.

At the same time, Natarajan did not elaborate whether
the Congress favoured such resolutions in both the Lok Sabha
and the Rajya Sabha. She merely said it was for the government
to decide in the matter.

While the ruling UPA obviously has majority in the
Lower House, it is in a minority in the Upper House.

Natarajan`s suo motu remarks at the party briefing
assume significance as the BJP and Left parties have remained
adamant on the issue of JPC in spite of arrest of former
telecom minister A Raja by CBI in connection with the scam.

Facing a volley of questions, the Congress
spokesperson said that the idea did not mean the party has
softened its stand on the issue of JPC and said it was still
opposed to the setting up of such a committee.

"There is no step forward. Our position is the same,"
Natarajan said.

She said that in view of the complete washout of the
Winter session of Parliament and the deadlock continuing, "We
would like to call upon all parties to come forward and
cooperate and ensure that some way is found out to end the
deadlock."
She denied that the Congress itself was making a
suggestion saying that such an idea was "already in the public
domain and we are not pulling it out of thin air".

The Congress statement came even as BJP insisted that
only a JPC probe could bring out the truth on the 2G spectrum
allocation scam.

Natarajan said it was important to ensure the Budget
Session of Parliament runs smoothly and "all important issues
that agitate the minds of the Opposition" are discussed on the
floor of the House.
"This is an appeal we would like to make and we hope
that from that meeting the deadlock would be broken and
Parliament would continue in the normal routine way during the
budget session," she said.

This issue would be discussed at the meeting of all
opposition leaders convened by Mukherjee on February 8 in an
attempt to break the Parliament deadlock, the spokesperson
said.

PTI

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