Accusing Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal of hiding facts on “profiteering” by big companies which secured 2G spectrum licences, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday said a JPC must be set up to look into alleged irregularities during the tenures of both UPA and NDA governments.

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat also sharply reacted to Sibal’s charge that the NDA government lost Rs. 1.43 lakh crore in revenue because of its policies, asking why the Congress government, which came into power in 2004, had not got it examined and taken action on the matter so far.

“Kapil Sibal’s only agenda today is how to hide the facts about the spectrum licenses that was given in wrong way. All these pleas of Sibal are to hide the profiteering by the telecom companies who made hundreds of thousands of crores by taking the license illegally,” the CPI(M) Polit Bureau member alleged.

“We demand that a JPC must be constituted to look into whatever happened during the period of the governments led by the BJP and Congress,” she told reporters.

She said the Congress is “hugely responsible” for alleged massive corruption in the 2G Spectrum allocation as the “Prime Minister himself remained silent for two years” on the scandal.

Ms. Karat also questioned the BJP’s “double standard” and “credibility” in holding an anti-corruption campaign as one of its Chief Ministers “faces serious corruption charges”.

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