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Updated: November 19, 2010 21:20 IST

Parliament deadlock: Cong. core group to meet once again on Sunday

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Top leaders of the Congress, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, are expected to devise strategy on Sunday on how to break the logjam in Parliament over the Opposition demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum controversy.

The Congress Core Group is likely to meet for the second time in a week to deliberate on the issue which has paralysed Parliament for six days, virtually turning the first two weeks of winter session into a washout.

Meanwhile, government sources ruled out an early sine die adjournment of the session in view of the stalemate.

The ruling party is averse to the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee feeling that yielding to the demand could make the Opposition more aggressive.

With no solution in sight, senior leader Pranab Mukherjee, who is trying to find a way out, appealed to all parties to help end the deadlock.

The government maintained its opposition to setting up of a JPC, insisting that the matter could be looked into by the Public Accounts Committee.

Parliament witnessed uproar with unrelenting opposition bent upon its demand for a JPC, an issue which has remained a bone of contention between the rival sides. During the last two weeks, the Lok Sabha has functioned for one day on the November nine when the winter session began.

Earlier this week, government auditor CAG had indicted former telecom minister A. Raja of committing irregularities in allocation of 2G spectrum causing a presumptive loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari accused the opposition of “running away” from the House.

“Neither the government nor the Congress party nor the UPA is running away from the House. If there is anyone found running a marathon from the House that is the BJP and other opposition members,” he told reporters outside Parliament.

Refusing to take the blame for the continuous impasse in the House, he said, “Responsibility of running the House lies with every political party which have members in the House. So therefore placing the onus on the government is erroneous, misconceived and misplaced.”

“The government has repeatedly said and I am reiterating that we are ready for discussion on any issue at any point of time in the House.”

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