NDA firm on JPC probe in 2G spectrum

Leaders of the BJP, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and JD(U) met in Parliament House and decided to take a united stand on setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G spectrum allocation.

Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 23:01 PM IST

New Delhi: Ahead of the all-party meeting
convened by Speaker Meira Kumar to end the logjam in
Parliament, leaders of the Opposition NDA met here on Tuesday and
decided to stick to their demand for a JPC probe in the
alleged irregularities in 2G spectrum allocation.

Leaders of the BJP, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and JD(U) met
in Parliament House and decided to take a united stand on
setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G
spectrum allocation.

"We are firm on our demand for JPC probe," Shiv Sena
deputy leader Anandrao Adsul said after the meeting.

Another leader said that the aim of the meeting was to
ensure that the NDA was united in the all-party meeting
convened by the Speaker.

Earlier BJP Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia
told reporters that the "BJP Parliamentary Party has endorsed
the stand of party leaders that it will continue to press the
government for a JPC probe...we will not compromise".

Ahluwalia also questioned the government`s offer to
the opposition to allow the House to function properly if the
Supreme Court decides to monitor the CBI probe into 2G
spectrum allocation.

"How can you guarantee that the SC will order
monitoring of CBI probe...how do you know in advance that the apex court will give a decision on these lines...this arouses
suspicion that they want to influence the Supreme Court," he
alleged.

Among those who attended the NDA meeting were Leader
of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Ratan Singh
Ajnala of Akali Dal, Shivanand Tiwari of the JD(U), Shiv Sena
leaders Adsul and Anant Geete and BJP Deputy Leader Gopinath Munde.

Meira Kumar has convened a meeting of leaders of all
parties today as part of efforts to ensure smooth functioning
of the House.

PTI