No snap poll if logjam continues in budget session: Digvijay

Congress on Friday dismissed the possibility of snap Lok Sabha elections next year if the deadlock in parliament over the issue of a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam continued in the budget session.

Updated: Dec 10, 2010, 22:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Friday dismissed the
possibility of snap Lok Sabha elections next year if the
deadlock in parliament over the issue of a JPC probe into the
2G spectrum scam continued in the budget session.

"No. If simply boycotting Parliament without having
the majority could lead to mid-term polls, it will be
impossible for the democracy to function.
"They (Opposition) don`t have the mandate to govern.
We have it. Why should their not allowing Parliament function
lead to mid-term polls?" senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh
told reporters.

The AICC general secretary`s remarks came a day after
a senior leader of a key UPA ally, who requested anonymity,
had spoken of the possibility of snap Lok Sabha elections if
the logjam extended to the budget session.

Singh felt disruption disruption over the issue may not
continue up to the budget session.

"I don`t think so. I hope better sense will prevail,"
was his refrain when asked whether what if the Opposition
continues with the disruption of Parliament proceedings on the
JPC issue even in the budget session.

Refusing to accept that the rejection of the demand
for JPC into 2G issue has dented the image of Congress, Singh
said it has on the contrary provided "an opportunity to
expose corruptio in the 2G spectrum allocation issue during
BJP rule and the "wrong doings of NDA government".

He said the issue of public perception, if any, will
be fought back as such controversies happen when one is in the
government.

Though Singh maintained that the government took
action in every issue of corruption be it CWG Games or 2G
spectrum, the Congress leader said he has serious reservations
against the figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore presumptive loss
arrived at by CAG which went into the spectrum issue.

Maintaining that "never before anyone was punished on
the basis of CAG report as it is an audit report", he said
"despie that, the UPA government prevailed upon it alliance
partner (DMK) to ask the Telecom Minister A Raja to resign.

"CAG report is an audit report. It`s not a finding.
CAG in its wisdom arrived at some figures based on the figures
given by interested parties which were not invited to
particiapte in the 2G auctioning. I have my serious
reservations about the figures given by the CAG," Singh said.

Singh said the JPC won`t serve any purpose in the case.

On the Opposition`s stand that there was nothing wrong
if the Prime Minister was called before the JPC, the Congress
leader said "how can you go with some sort of assumption that
the JPC will call Prime Minister or any minister? This will be
the decision of JPC, if constituted. We are not afraid of it."
The govenrment has been maintaining that calling the
Prime Minister appears to be the sole motive of the Opposition
in demanding JPC and they will not accept the demand to help
them realize their plan if that was the case.

Attacking BJP for its oppositon to the one-member
judicial inquiry into the Spectrum issue since 2001, Singh
said "why is BJP shying away from judicial inquiry"?

Singh asked why BJP does not trust the PAC headed by its
leader Murali Manohar Joshi, which has already started its
work.

Accusing BJP of "double standards and double-speak" on
the issue of corruption, he referred to scandals involving
the leaders of the Opposition party including its former
President Bangaru Luxman, Dilip Singh Judev and the recent
land allotment controversy surrounding Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa.

"BJP is master of double-speak. It did not take any
action agaisnt Yeddyurppa despite the fact that he allotted
land to sons and kin," he said.

Singh alleged BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has got vehicles registered in
his name by giving false address, which is a crime under Motor
Vehicles Act and the case was handed over to Lokayukta who is
under the state government.

He said UPA, on the contrary, is clear that anybody
involved in corruption will not be spared.

Asked about the possibility of Congress aligning with
any party in Uttar Pradesh for assembly elections in 2012,
Singh said there can be no alliance with SP, BSP and BJP.

Asked about tie-up with Ajit Singh`s RLD, Singh, who
is the AICC in-charge for the state, said, "we have not
decided yet."

PTI