New Delhi: Top Congress leaders including
Prime Minister Manomohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi
held deliberations this evening in the backdrop of some UPA
allies sending divergent signals on the issue of JPC probe
into 2G Spectrum scam.
The Congress Core Group meeting that lasted for 90
minutes strategised on the way ahead in the wake of the
continuing logjam in Parliament that has washed out almost the
entire Winter Session.
The Congress refused to budge from its stand opposing
JPC even as the NDA today said it was open to the idea of a
special session of five days to complete the pending
government business if the government concedes to the
Opposition`s demand for JPC.
"Our stand remains unchanged regardless of their
(Opposition`s) offer. The stand of Congress remains same. PAC
is fully empowered and should go into it (2G issue). JPC is
not required," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told
reporters at the AICC briefing.
To a question on why the government is not agreeing to
JPC even when some of UPA allies say they have no objection to
it, Natarajan said, "Allies have also said that they would go
along with the government`s decision on the issue."
Ally Trinamool Congress today said it supported
a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam but would leave a
decision on the matter to the government.
"If the government agrees for a JPC, it is good ....
but we will support the government in whatever stand it and
the Prime Minister take. We believe the Prime Minister is
honest," the party`s Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Sudip
Bandopadhyay told reporters
Natarajan replied in negative when asked whether the
government`s insistence could weaken UPA`s poll prospects in
CPI-M ruled West Bengal and Kerala where the party is raising
corruption as key issue.
"Not at all. We had a major victory in Kerala civic
bodies polls a few days back. That run of victory will
continue in both the states. This issue will have no bearing
on our prospects. Rather the Opposition will be exposed,"
She said the Congress strongly condemns the
obstruction of Parliament and consequent obfuscation of
important issues that needed to be discussed in the winter
She said it would be "an unprecedented occasion when
the Opposition did not allow the functioning of Parliament for
a single day.
"Those who prevented Parliament from functioning will
have to certianly answer the people why they abdicated their
responsibility to discuss this matter and other important
issues on the floor of the House," Natarajan said and appealed
to the Opposition to allow Parliament to function.