Government has agreed to JPC, says BJP

Monday, February 21, 2011

NEW DELHI - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday said the government had agreed to the demand for Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum controversy and an announcement was likely to be made Tuesday.

BJP leader Gopinath Munde said the opposition parties had demanded at the meeting of business advisory committee of the Lok Sabha that the announcement of JPC should be made before the start of question hour Tuesday.

He said the government had agreed to the demand for JPC.

The government has agreed Four hours have been earmarked for discussion (on JPC) in the Lok Sabha on Feb 24, Munde said.

Party leader S.S. Ahluwalia said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may make an announcement about the JPC Tuesday and the motion for its formation would be taken up after discussion on motion of thanks to the Presidents address.

The prime minister may tomorrow announce intention of the government (to form JPC), he said.

Answering queries about the BJPs earlier demand for JPC into allegations of corruption relating to Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Society in Mumbai, he said the party had agreed for a discussion on these issues.

We hope an announcement of JPC will be made tomorrow. After that the (parliaments) proceedings will run smoothly, Ahluwalia said.

He said the party had sought discussion on price-rise, corruption relating to Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Society, Antrix-Devas deal controversy, black money in foreign banks, Maoist violence, Chinese incursions, functioning of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), attack on Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters, Sabarimala stampede and Jammu and Kashmir governments handling of the partys Tiranga march.

Both Ahluwalia and Munde also criticized the presidents address to the two houses of parliament, terming it insipid, non-inspirational and a mere list of government schemes and programmes.

“The government failed to show the direction to the nation on the vital issues concerning the crisis of governance… the president’s address to the joint session referred to each of the issues which have been a part of the opposition’s agenda, but regrettably it failed to provide answer to any of these issues,” Ahluwalia said.

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