Congress Core Group meets to discuss spectrum row

There are indications that the Congress may be willing to consider the demand for JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Amid concerns over the adverse fallout of the 2G spectrum controversy on the image of the UPA government, the Core Group of the Congress Party met here to take stock of the situation and chart out the way forward, which could help the government formulate its stand.

The Congress Core Group, headed by Gandhi, met at the
residence of the Prime Minister as an unrelenting opposition
paralysed Parliament for the fifth consecutive day while
pressing the demand for JPC.

The meeting was attended by other Core Group members --
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K
Antony, Home Minister P Chidambaram and the Congress
President`s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel.

Significantly, Kapil Sibal, who was given additional
charge of Telecom Ministry after A Raja was forced to quit on
Sunday night, was also present at the meeting.

There are indications that the Congress may be willing to consider the Opposition’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the 2G spectrum scam.

The Core Group will also, in all likelihood, discuss the recent observations made by the Supreme Court regarding PM’s ‘inaction’ and ‘silence’ over the entire issue. The court had, earlier in the day, asked the government to file an affidavit detailing the PMO’s correspondence with Subramanian Swamy regarding his demand for prosecuting A Raja.

However, in the possibility of government considering a JPC then the Congress would like the terms of reference to include the period from the later part of 1990s when the telecom revolution was ushered in and would cover the period when BJP-led NDA was also in power.

The Parliament has remained paralysed for close to a week over the issue.

Both the Houses of Parliament faced adjournment today also, with the Rajya Sabha adjourning for the day minutes after it met and the Lok Sabha calling off the Question Hour.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled, members of BJP, BJD and SP had trooped into the well raising slogans for setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum, forcing Speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn the house for the day.

Earlier this week, government auditor CAG had indicted Telecom Minister A Raja of committing irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum causing a presumed loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.

With PTI inputs

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