New Delhi: As its efforts to broker peace
with opposition parties came a cropper, the government on Monday claimed that their demand for JPC probe into 2G spectrum scam
was "politically motivated" and accused them of trying to
mislead the people.
Slamming the opposition for disrupting Parliament
proceeding over the demand for JPC, Parliamentary Affairs
Minister PK Bansal 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," the minister told reporters.
He maintained that the government had already
committed that it would go into the depth of the 2G Spectrum
allocation scam to find out the truth and punish the guilty.
"The Opposition had given 22 subjects for discussion
in this session. Let us leave that aside and discuss the 2G
Spectrum issue not for one hour or two hours but for three
days. But let us come to the House," Bansal said.
Referring to a recent interview of former BJP MP Arun
Shourie, he said, "What Shourie has said the opposition should
keep that in mind while pressing for a JPC probe.
"It is intellectual dishonesty on the part of the
opposition," Bansal said.
Shourie had alleged that fearing he would raise the
issue of rift between Ambani brothers, BJP fielded senior
party leader M Venkaiah Naidu to lead the debate on the 2G