Left for govt's reply on telecom scam, presence of FM in JPC
New Delhi: Left parties on Friday said they would continue to demand a reply from the government on telecom scam and seek the presence of Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the Joint Parliamentary Committee despite the Supreme Court dismissing a plea for making him a co-accused in the case.
"Whatever the SC says, law will take its own course. But our duty is to seek an answer from the government on the issue in Parliament and we will do it because it is answerable to the House," senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters outside Parliament.
JPC member and CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said the apex court judgement "does not prevent us from raising the demand for calling the Finance Minister to the JPC".
Making it clear that the Left was not holding Chidambaram guilty for "perpetrating the crime", he said "our point is that
it was dereliction of duty by the Finance Ministry and the Department of Telecom (DoT)."
Maintaining that it was "clearly decided" that DoT and Finance Ministry would jointly decide the spectrum pricing, Dasgupta said the Finance Ministry "failed to enforce this".
"Even the note prepared by the Finance Ministry, when Pranab Mukherjee was the Minister, clearly indicates this failure. We have been insisting on Chidambaram's presence in the JPC so that he could explain the reasons," he said.
On disruption of Parliament over the coal block allocation issue, Yechury said "a possible way" to break the logjam was that the Prime Minister holds talks with Leaders of Opposition of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and appeals to the principal opposition BJP, saying that a discussion would follow after he makes a statement in the House.
This, he said, should be done without wasting any time and a solution should be found out before the PM leaves for NAM summit. "Or else another week will be wasted."