UPA considering JPC option on 2G

Informed sources say the top leadership in the Congress is veering round to the view that it would be better to constitute the panel in view of the coming budget session. The Opposition has already stated that it would not allow the budget session of Parliament, starting February 21, to function if the JPC was not set up.

It appears that the government is facing pressure from the allies, especially the NCP and the Trinamool Congress to give in to the JPC demand. The other main ally, the DMK, is not opposed to the JPC demand.

Sources noted that the Congress leadership is mulling over what would happen if JPC was not consituted. It has been told that it would be hard for the government to explain its stand if the stalemate, as happened during the winter session, continued in the budget session too.

On the positive side, forming the JPC may enable the government to break the Opposition unity. On the flip side, the JPC may demand deposition of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and anybody it deems fit before the JPC.

Senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta Saturday said his party was against Parliament’s budget session being stalled over the demand for a JPC probe into the 2G telecom scam.

“We want Parliament to run.  But that does not mean that we are moving away or withdrawing our demand for a JPC probe. But holding up Parliament on one demand is wrong,” he said.

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