Opposition adamant on JCP probe, Govt rejects demand

Both the Houses of Parliament remained paralysed for the third day while the Government rejected the opposition demand as "meaningless".

New Delhi: The stalemate in Parliament remained unbroken on Monday despite A Raja`s resignation as Telecom Minister with the opposition remaining adamant on a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation, which was rejected by the Government.

Both the Houses of Parliament remained paralysed for the third day today with members from the BJP, Left, AIADMK and other parties trooping to the well chanting slogans demanding constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Government rejected the opposition demand as "meaningless" but called a meeting of leaders of political parties tomorrow to thrash out the issue that showed no signs of resolution despite Raja`s exit from the government.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is the Leader of the Lok Sabha, would be hosting the luncheon meeting tomorrow when the CAG report, which is reported to have indicted Raja on Spectrum allocation leading to an alleged loss to the exchequer of Rs 1.76 lakh crores, could be tabled in Parliament.

"We want JPC," was the chant in the Lok Sabha and theRajya Sabha today with the opposition remaining firm on its demand. Raja, who is a DMK member of the Lok Sabha, was not seen in the House.

The tabling of the report is only expected to whet the Opposition appetite for the JPC.
Going on the offensive against the BJP, Mukherjee said that the "JPC demand is absolutely unacceptable. During their (BJP`s) six year tenure, how many JPCs they had agree including Tehelka?"

Noting that there is a "permanent JPC in the form of the Public Accounts Committee", Mukherjee said that the PAC is chaired by a member of the opposition party, which will thoroughly study the CAG report into the 2G spectrum issue.

"Demand for JPC is completely meaningless. Let BJP allow the House to run," Home Minister P Chidambaram told reporters here minutes after a united opposition forced adjournment of Question Hour in both Houses of Parliament demanding a JPC probe into the spectrum issue.

Chidambaram said the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) will be referred to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, which has representation of all parties.

"The CAG report will go to the PAC. What is PAC? It is chaired by the Leader of Opposition. In fact, all political parties are represented in that," Chidambaram said.

"Let PAC go into the matter. The CAG report will be discussed comprehensively in the PAC," he added.