CPI(M) insists on JPC, but wants Budget Session to be held

The CPI(M) on Sunday stuck to its demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee enquiry into the 2G spectrum scam, but said it did not want the Budget Session of Parliament to be stalled on the issue.

Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 17:54 PM IST

Kolkata: The CPI(M) on Sunday stuck to its
demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee enquiry into the 2G
spectrum scam, but said it did not want the Budget Session of
Parliament to be stalled on the issue.

"The 2G Spectrum issue was discussed. We think that
there should be a JPC enquiry and at the same time, we want
the Budget Session to be held. We will talk to the secular
opposition parties and work out a common approach," party
general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters at the end of a
two-day politburo meeting here.

Referring to Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal`s
statement that the CAG report on the spectrum scam was faulty
and that there had been no loss of revenue for the government,
Karat said it indicated that the UPA government wanted to
"cover up" the whole affair.

"Why no JPC? The Politburo feels that there is a need for
a JPC enquiry into corruption of such magnitude," he said.

Asked to comment on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s offer
to appear before the PAC on the issue, he said such a
statement was a "political gesture."

"As far as we know, there is no rule that allows the PAC
to ask any minister to appear before it. It will be better if
the Prime Minister appears before the JPC," Karat said.

PTI