Opposition does not have mandate to force govt: Cong

On the demand for JPC probe in 2G issue Cong said the Oppn can`t force govt to do what its wants.

New Delhi: Adopting a tough posture on
the demand for JPC probe into the 2G spectrum issue, the
Congress today said the opposition does not have the mandate
to force the government to do what its wants.

"Government has the mandate to rule the country.
Opposition has the right to express its views. They can raise
people`s issues and problems. But they do not have the mandate
to force the government to do what they want. The people have
not given the mandate to the opposition for it," Congress
spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters outside Parliament.

On the deadlock in Parliament over the JPC demand, he
said, "Government`s stand is the party`s stand. We have tried
to take opposition into confidence but unfortunately it did
not happen."

The standoff in Parliament continued for the eighth
day with opposition creating pandemonium in both Houses,
leading to their adjournment.

Terming the opposition behaviour as "irresponsible",
Ahmed said, "Government has made it clear that there is a
Public Accounts Committee and it is a constitutional provision
that the CAG report will go to PAC.

"So how come the government will ignore constitutional
provisions," he asked, and added, "First let the CAG report
goes to PAC then let it be examined by it."

Since the PAC chairman is a BJP leader, "we are unable
to understand why opposition does not believe in his
neutrality and his capability," Ahmed said.