`Ready for discussion on JPC if govt commits to set up panel`

Left parties will agree for a discussion on a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam in the Parliament, provided the government gives a commitment for setting up such a panel, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury has said.

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 18:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Left parties will agree for a
discussion on a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the
2G spectrum scam in the Parliament, provided the government
gives a commitment for setting up such a panel, CPI-M leader
Sitaram Yechury has said.

Putting the onus on the UPA to ensure smooth functioning
of Parliament during Budget session, he said the arrest of
former Telecom Minister A Raja and findings of Justice Shivraj
V Patil committee has "reinforced" the demand for a JPC.
The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member also said the Left want
the JPC to investigate all deals from 1998, when the NDA
government came up with a telecom policy, a stand which could
lead to the collapse of opposition`s unity -- witnessed during
the Winter session of the Parliament -- on the issue.

"Even without a discussion, you can give JPC. But if they
insist they want a discussion (prior to the setting up of
JPC), then give us a commitment that there will be a JPC, we
are prepared for that (discussion in Parliament)," Yechury
told
Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN`s Devil`s Advocate programme.
Asked whether he was speaking on behalf of all the four
Left parties, he said he believed so though there was no
formal discussion among the four parties. "This is the
indication I got from our earlier meetings," he said.

He was responding to reports that the government was
contemplating a discussion in Parliament on a resolution for
constituting JPC. Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan has
earlier said they were open to discussing such a resolution in
Parliament on the JPC issue.

The remarks came ahead of Tuesday`s meeting with
Opposition parties convened by the government to ensure that
there is no washout of the Budget session.

"Let us see, if they come up with a concrete suggestion
on behalf of the government in the February eight meeting, I
am sure we will all positively react," Yechury said, adding
that he hoped that the government will come up with some
proposal to "meet both the ends".

"If the government is saying there is no JPC, then the
government is disrupting Parliament," he said.

Emphasising that it was "very agonising" and they "do not
welcome the disruption" of Parliament, he said his party did
not want the House to be disrupted and all issues, including
price rise and Hindutva terrorism, should be discussed.

Asked whether it meant that Parliament would not function
if there is no JPC, he said, "Unfortunately, that`s the
truth...even if I stand up and say that I want to discuss
issues, if principal opposition BJP and others says first
concede JPC (then there will be disruption)."

"I would not like to (disrupt Parliament proceedings).
But it entirely depends upon the government," he said.

PTI