Left announces protests on 2G issue, talking to non-NDA parties

Irked by government`s refusal to accept the demand for JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam, Left parties on Tuesday decided to organise protests across the country to "take the issue to the people".

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2010, 23:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Irked by government`s refusal
to accept the demand for JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam,
Left parties on Tuesday decided to organise protests across the
country to "take the issue to the people".

Top Left leaders, at a meeting here, reviewed the
continued disruption of Parliament on the issue, which they
felt was the "biggest scam in history", Left sources said.
They decided to consult other non-NDA political
parties, with whom they have been coordinating in Parliament,
to launch protest actions, including demonstrations and
rallies, in different parts of the country.

The Left leaders would be talking to leaders of other
political parties like BJD, AIADMK, TDP, RLD, AGP, MDMK and
JD(S) over the next few days to chalk out the agitational
programme, the sources said.

The meeting was attended by Prakash Karat, Sitaram
Yechury (both CPI-M), A B Bardhan, D Raja (both CPI) and Abani
Roy (RSP). Leaders of Forward Bloc were not present as they
were attending their organisational meeting.

The tug-of-war in Parliament on the 2G spectrum issue
has intensified with 11 non-NDA opposition parties declaring
that nothing short of a JPC would suffice and Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh should appear before the panel.
After a meeting of the 11 parties, Yechury had
yesterday said the government knows that the Prime Minister
was the most experienced person and he had faced JPC as
Finance Minister.

"If that (JPC on 2G) happens, he will face it as Prime
Minister. I do not think he is afraid of (facing JPC), if
necessary, in the interest of the country. If somebody else is
afraid, it is the problem of Congress," he said.

CPI`s Dasgupta had said "if Bill Clinton could be
called by a parliamentary committee and if the British Prime
Minister could be summoned, then what is wrong in inviting our
head of the government to explain".

The 11 non-NDA opposition parties had met to chalk out
a common strategy on the issue as the government has
consistently rejected the demand. The MPs of these parties
today staged a protest sit-in inside Parliament House.

PTI