No Budget session of Parliament if no JPC on 2G, threatens BJP

BJP said there would be no dilution in its stand on a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam and threatened to disrupt the Budget session of Parliament if the demand was not met.

Updated: Feb 05, 2011, 21:55 PM IST

Kanpur/Lucknow: Ahead of Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee`s meeting with opposition parties on Tuesday,
BJP today said there would be no dilution in its stand on a
JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam and threatened to disrupt
the Budget session of Parliament if the demand was not met.

"We stick to our demand for a Joint Parliamentary
Committee probe into 2G spectrum allocation and other scams
and will not allow Parliament to function during the Budget
session," senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said addressing an
NDA rally at Kanpur.
"No matter how much the Congress blames us for disrupting
Parliament proceedings and accuses us of harming the interest
of the people, we want to tell the nation that by demanding
JPC we intend to retrieve the Rs 1.76 lakh crore presumptive
loss to the exchequer because of 2G scam," he said.

BJP veteran L K Advani, who could not make it to the rally
at Kanpur as his aircraft could not land there due to bad
weather, told reporters in Lucknow that he was hopeful that
the government will accept the JPC demand.

"I am hopeful that when the meeting with opposition
parties takes place on February 8, the government will accept
our demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum case," he
said.
Describing as shocking the presumptive loss of Rs 1.76
lakh crore projected by CAG, Advani said, "When the figures
came Prime Minister, who has now admitted A Raja`s
involvement, was not ready to admit."

He said when people asked him whether the UPA would be
able to weather the storm over the 2G issue, he told them that
this could be a "turning point".

Alleging that the promptness to prosecute those involved
in corruption was lacking, the NDA chairperson hoped the
government, which was initially adamant not to accept JPC
demand even if the opposition got united, may now bow to
pressure.

To a specific question whether the opposition will stall
the Budget session if JPC demand was not met, Advani said any
decision will be taken after seeing the government`s reaction.

"First let`s see what the government has to say on our
demand, then we will decide," he said.

On the issue of Indian money in foreign banks, the BJP
leader said that he first raised the issue in 2008. "When I
came to know that Germany was ready to share the names of
those having accounts in foreign banks, I wrote to the Prime
Minister that India should seek details," he said.

"Then when I came to know that some names have come and
were not being revealed on the ground of confidentiality, we
moved the Supreme Court and said that the government is not
telling anything," he said.

PTI

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