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Govt. gives in; announces JPC to probe 2G scam
Published on 23 Feb. 2011 12:04 AM IST
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Tovernment Tuesday gave in to the opposition demand and announced a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) would be formed to probe the 2G spectrum scam, paving the way for a smooth budget session of parliament.
But the announcement came under fire from the opposition as prime minister Manmohan Singh, who made the statement in both houses of parliament, said the JPC was agreed to as the country could ill-afford disruption of the budget session of parliament.
Singh, in his statement Tuesday, the second day of the budget session, requested Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to proceed with the setting up of the JPC and assured the houses that a formal motion in this regard would be moved soon.
“Our government believed that as all effective steps were being taken, we might have been able to persuade the opposition not to insist on a JPC. We could not succeed in spite of our sincere efforts. We can ill-afford a situation where parliament is not allowed to function during the crucial budget session. It is in these special circumstances that our government agrees to the setting up of a joint parliamentary committee,” Singh said in his statement to both houses. BJP and other opposition parties welcomed the government’s announcement. Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj called for smooth functioning of the budget session as this was “not a win or loss for any political party, but a victory for democracy”.

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