Govt sticks to opposition to JPC on 2G

Govt sticks to opposition to JPC on 2G

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who had promised to respond to Opposition's demands for JPC after consulting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, appealed to all parties to help end the stalemate over the issue because of which Parliament is not being allowed to function for the last six consecutive days.

"I am deeply concerned about the situation which is being created where Parliament cannot transact its business. Therefore my appeal to all political parties is that please try to find a solution," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

"When I oppose JPC, or government opposes JPC, it is not that the matter should not be investigated," the government's trouble-shooter said when asked pointed out that the opposition was adamant on setting up of JPC.

He said the matter could be looked into by the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee, arguing that it was "almost a permanent JPC" which is older than the Constitution and headed by a member from the Opposition.

"I will apeal to the members of the Opposition that please do not obstruct proceedings of the House. Accept the proposition that CAG report on 2G will be examined by the PAC. Let them exmaine it and after that we will see what further course of action is needed," he said on the sidelines of Canara Bank function.

Opposition has been insisting on JPC probe and stalling Parliament for the last six consecutive days to press the demand.

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