At the all-party meeting called by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to end the deadlock in Parliament on the 2G spectrum allocation issue, Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) noted that the scandal was too big for a lesser committee to handle.
“The only right way”
CPI leaders D. Raja and Gurudas Dasgupta said a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) was the only right way as the Prime Minister had clearly failed in his constitutional duty to prevent the scandal.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh was equally adamant on the JPC demand. Ajit Singh (Rashtriya Lok Dal) also echoed the same views.
However, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal did not insist on a JPC. They said they would go along with any consensus.
Surprisingly, T.R. Baalu (DMK) said his party did not object to a JPC, but it should cover the telecom policies and allotments during the NDA period also. The AIADMK favoured a JPC.
Some parties wanted the parliamentary probe to cover telecom from the time of the opening up of this sector in the Narasimha Rao government days.
Keywords: 2G spectrum issue