KANPUR/LUCKNOW: Ahead of the Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s meeting with opposition parties on Tuesday, the BJP on Saturday said there would be no dilution in its stand on a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam and threatened to disrupt the budget session of Parliament if the demand was not met.
“We stick to our demand for a joint parliamentary committee probe into 2G spectrum allocation and other scams and will not allow Parliament to function during the budget session,” senior BJP leader Mr Rajnath Singh said addressing an NDA rally at Kanpur.
”No matter how much the Congress blames us for disrupting Parliament proceedings and accuses us of harming the interest of the people, we want to tell the nation that by demanding JPC we intend to retrieve the Rs 1.76 lakh crore presumptive loss to the exchequer because of 2G scam,” he said.
BJP veteran, Mr L K Advani, who could not make it to the rally at Kanpur as his aircraft could not land there due to bad weather, told reporters in Lucknow that he was hopeful that the government will accept the JPC demand.
“I am hopeful that when the meeting with opposition parties takes place on February 8, the government will accept our demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum case,” he said.
Describing as shocking the presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore projected by CAG, Mr Advani said, “When the figures came Prime Minister, who has now admitted A Raja’s involvement, was not ready to admit.”
He said when people asked him whether the UPA would be able to weather the storm over the 2G issue, he told them that this could be a “turning point”.
Alleging that the promptness to prosecute those involved in corruption was lacking, the NDA chairperson hoped the government, which was initially adamant not to accept JPC demand even if the opposition got united, may now bow to pressure.
To a specific question whether the opposition will stall the budget session if JPC demand was not met, Mr Advani said any decision will be taken after seeing the government’s reaction.
“First let’s see what the government has to say on our demand, then we will decide,” he said.
Accusing the government of shielding criminals, Mr Advani said, “The government is being forced to act either by the opposition or by constitutional bodies like CAG or SC. This has happened for the first time in the history that the SC has asked the PM to reply that too through an affidavit.”
“We are of the view that there should be no hesitation in accepting the opposition’s demand for a JPC probe,” he said.
JD-U leader, Mr Sharad Yadav, who also could not reach Kanpur, said the NDA rally there was convened to highlight burning issues like price rise and corruption and create pressure on the demand for JPC.
“We want that the Parliament should run, but our conscience does not allow when such big scams like 2G, CWG and Adarsh Housing are happening. Government is insisting on a debate at a time when the need is to take action,” he said.
The winter session of Parliament was washed out as the opposition kept pressing the government for a JPC probe and did not allow both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to function, insisting on its demand.