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Congress courts for peace, BJP in no mood to relent

Congress courts for peace, BJP in no mood to relent
Despite parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath meeting the NDA working chairperson L K Advani to break the logjam in Parliament, the opposition remained adamant on its demand for resignation of the Prime Minister and the law minister. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also made it amply clear that they would not accept the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report on 2G in its present form.

The opposition also received a shot in arm as the CBI affidavit on the coal probe stated that the draft report was shared with the law minister Ashwani Kumar before its submission. Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, retaliated that the status report had smashed the government’s claim that there was no state interference in the probe agency’s functioning.

Nath met the BJP leader Advani and the deputy leader in Lok Sabha, Gopinath Munde to seek opposition’s support for passage of the Finance Bill and the Rail Budget. BJP sources said that the party will in all probability cooperate on these two bills but will not allow Parliament to function on any other issue. The parliamentary affairs minister is also expected to hold talks on Monday with leader of opposition, Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj on the same issue.

In a bid to end the confrontation in JPC, its chairman P C Chacko, under opposition fire, on Friday expressed willingness to consider amendments to the controversial draft report on 2G spectrum scam which gave a clean chit to the Prime Minister and the finance minister.

The BJP. however, in no mood to relent from its aggressive stand, is contemplating on calling former telecom minister A Raja to the Parliament’s Public Account Committee (PAC) headed by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. Sources said that Joshi is keen that Raja should depose before the PAC in the 2G scam. The PAC report on 2G had been rejected earlier by Congress and DMK members, but equations have changed dramatically now, as DMK has sided with BJP in rejecting the draft 2G report by JPC.
Samarth Saran

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