Mukherjee to make another bid to break Parliament deadlock

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New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) With Budget Session a fortnightaway, Government begins a fresh exercise on Tuesday to resolvethe deadlock in Parliament on the issue of JPC into the 2Gscam that has seen the Left and the Right taking on the UPAdispensation.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has convened ameeting of leaders of political parties on February 8 in amove to ''save'' the three-month long Budget session after thewashout of the month-long Winter Session on the JPC demand.

The talk in political circles is that a resolution tothe deadlock in the meeting itself is unlikely and it couldrequire further consultations given the fact that theopposition is adamant on the JPC while the ruling Congress isagainst it.

Ahead of the meeting, Congress appeared soft on theissue with party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan recentlyremarking that the party was "open" to discussing aresolution which entails voting in Parliament on the issue ofJPC.

Her remarks assumed significance in the face of thecontinuing government-opposition deadlock on the issue, inspite of the arrest of former telecom minister A Raja.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has convened a meetingof leaders of some of the political parties tomorrow to ensuresmooth functioning of the Budget Session after the longestshutdown of Parliament in the Winter Session on the JPC issue.

She has already held two such meetings including oneexclusively with the leaders of the BJP, the main oppositionparty, and the government.

BJP-led NDA is sticking to its demand for a JPC probeinto the three scams related to 2G spectrum allocation, AdarshHousing Society and Commonwealth Games preparations, and hasaccused the UPA government�of failing to give any "crediblereason" to the opposition to drop its demand.

"We stand by our demand. It continues...there is nodilution," BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani hadsaid last week after a meeting of NDA leaders here.

Asked whether the opposition would continue to disruptthe proceedings of Parliament like it did during the wintersession, Advani said the strategy would be decided on the eveof the Budget session beginning February 21.

At the meeting, NDA leaders decided to continue topress for a JPC probe into the three scams during the meetingwith Mukherjee on Tuesday. .

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