Govt plays RSS card to isolate BJP over JPC demand

In a deft move to isolate BJP from other Opposition parties over the demand for a JPC probe into the 2G Spectrum scam, Govt played the RSS card, saying the main opposition is working under the Sangh`s direction over the issue.

Updated: Nov 29, 2010, 21:14 PM IST

New Delhi: In a deft move to isolate BJP
from other Opposition parties over the demand for a JPC probe
into the 2G Spectrum scam, Government on Monday played the RSS
card, saying the main opposition is working under the Sangh`s
direction over the issue.

"They (BJP) have the direction of RSS," Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told reporters here
attacking the main opposition party for disrupting
Parliament`s functioning for the 12th consecutive day.

Bansal said the BJP`s demand for JPC probe was
"politically motivated" and accused the party of trying to
mislead the people.

At the same time, he renewed the offer for extensive
debate on the issue in both Houses.

"Opposition is trying to mislead the people. Joint
parliamentary Committee would not be able to achieve any
result as parties are sharply divided on political lines and
atmosphere is surcharged. Their demand for JPC is politically
motivated," he said.

There is a view in the government that it was only
BJP, which was persisting on the JPC issue and paralysing
Parliament.

"While other opposition parties may be supporting such
a probe, they are not with BJP in disrupting Parliament`s
functioning. Left is also seeking JPC but it is no joining BJP
in disrupting the House. BSP members also do not join them
when they go into the well protesting on the issue. It`s only
BJP, which is persisting with the issue and not agreeing to
any suggestion other than JPC," a minister said.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had yesterday talked
to senior BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Sushma Swaraj and
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

PTI

New Delhi: Indian football team will play against Qatar and Syria on December 19 and 26 respectively in what will be their last two international friendlies in the lead upto the Asian Cup in January next year.

Bob Houghton`s men, who are on a five-week training camp in Dubai, would look to improve their performance after the humiliation they suffer at the hands of Kuwait and United Arab Emirates in their last two international friendlies.

India has so far played nine international friendlies in their preparations for the January 7-29 Asian Cup in Doha, Qatar. They have lost seven and won two.

India had lost 0-1 and 1-2 against Thailand before beating Namibia 2-0 in September. They beat Vietnam 3-1 and lost to Hong Kong and Yemen 0-1 and 3-6 respectively last month. This month, India lost 0-2 to Iraq, 1-9 to Kuwait and 0-5 to UAE.

They even lost to UAE second division side Fujairah Sports Club 0-1 last week.

PTI

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