''Ready for discussion on JPC if govt commits to set up panel''

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New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) Left parties will agree for adiscussion on a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the2G spectrum scam in the Parliament, provided the governmentgives a commitment for setting up such a panel, CPI-M leaderSitaram Yechury has said.

Putting the onus on the UPA to ensure smooth functioningof Parliament during Budget session, he said the arrest offormer Telecom Minister A Raja and findings of Justice ShivrajV Patil committee has "reinforced" the demand for a JPC.

The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member also said the Left wantthe JPC to investigate all deals from 1998, when the NDAgovernment came up with a telecom policy, a stand which couldlead to the collapse of opposition''s unity -- witnessed duringthe Winter session of the Parliament -- on the issue.

"Even without a discussion, you can give JPC. But if theyinsist they want a discussion (prior to the setting up ofJPC), then give us a commitment that there will be a JPC, weare prepared for that (discussion in Parliament)," YechurytoldKaran Thapar in CNN-IBN''s Devil''s Advocate programme.

Asked whether he was speaking on behalf of all the fourLeft parties, he said he believed so though there was noformal discussion among the four parties. "This is theindication I got from our earlier meetings," he said.

He was responding to reports that the government wascontemplating a discussion in Parliament on a resolution forconstituting JPC. Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan hasearlier said they were open to discussing such a resolution inParliament on the JPC issue.

The remarks came ahead of Tuesday''s meeting withOpposition parties convened by the government to ensure thatthere is no washout of the Budget session.

"Let us see, if they come up with a concrete suggestionon behalf of the government in the February eight meeting, Iam sure we will all positively react," Yechury said, addingthat he hoped that the government will come up with someproposal to "meet both the ends".

"If the government is saying there is no JPC, then thegovernment is disrupting Parliament," he said.

Emphasising that it was "very agonising" and they "do notwelcome the disruption" of Parliament, he said his party didnot want the House to be disrupted and all issues, includingprice rise and Hindutva terrorism, should be discussed.

Asked whether it meant that Parliament would not functionif there is no JPC, he said, "Unfortunately, that''s thetruth...even if I stand up and say that I want to discussissues, if principal opposition BJP and others says firstconcede JPC (then there will be disruption)."

"I would not like to (disrupt Parliament proceedings).

But it entirely depends upon the government," he said. MOREPTI SJY

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