Cong seeking Opp''s cooperation for smooth Budget session

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New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) Ahead of Tuesday''s meeting withOpposition parties convened by the government, Congress todayappeared to have softened its stand on the JPC issue in a bidto break the deadlock in Parliament on the 2G spectrumallocation scam.

"We are open to discussing such a resolution inParliament on the JPC issue," Congress spokesperson JayantiNatarajan told reporters here, noting that she was seekingcooperation of the Opposition to ensure a smooth Budgetsession beginning on February 21.

She said if such a resolution is brought it should bevoted upon.

At the same time, Natarajan did not elaborate whetherthe Congress favoured such resolutions in both the Lok Sabhaand the Rajya Sabha. She merely said it was for the governmentto decide in the matter.

While the ruling UPA obviously has majority in theLower House, it is in a minority in the Upper House.

Natarajan''s suo motu remarks at the party briefingassume significance as the BJP and Left parties have remainedadamant on the issue of JPC in spite of arrest of formertelecom minister A Raja by CBI in connection with the scam.

Facing a volley of questions, the Congressspokesperson said that the idea did not mean the party hassoftened its stand on the issue of JPC and said it was stillopposed to the setting up of such a committee.

"There is no step forward. Our position is the same,"Natarajan said.

She said that in view of the complete washout of theWinter session of Parliament and the deadlock continuing, "Wewould like to call upon all parties to come forward andcooperate and ensure that some way is found out to end thedeadlock."

She denied that the Congress itself was making asuggestion saying that such an idea was "already in the publicdomain and we are not pulling it out of thin air".

The Congress statement came even as BJP insisted thatonly a JPC probe could bring out the truth on the 2G spectrumallocation scam.

Natarajan said it was important to ensure the BudgetSession of Parliament runs smoothly and "all important issuesthat agitate the minds of the Opposition" are discussed on thefloor of the House.

"This is an appeal we would like to make and we hopethat from that meeting the deadlock would be broken andParliament would continue in the normal routine way during thebudget session," she said.

This issue would be discussed at the meeting of allopposition leaders convened by Mukherjee on February 8 in anattempt to break the Parliament deadlock, the spokespersonsaid.

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