PM bends his back; announces JPC probe on 2G scam

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PM Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Feb 22: The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G spectrum scam has been conceded and the ruling UPA government had to bend its back yielding to the strong demands of Opposition and other regional parties. The JPC probe was finally announced in the Lok Sabha today.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his speech in the Parliament said that he hoped the Parliament session would now function smoothly. He also said that, “the government is committed to root out corruption". He also added that the government was fully cooperating with the 2G scam investigations.

Sushma Swaraj, senior BJP leader, while representing the Opposition said that she welcomed the PM's decision for a JPC and said that the move was a “victory of democracy". She also took the opportunity to say that rather than seeing the initiation of the JPC probe as a victory or fall between two parties, it should rather be seen as a triumph of democracy.

The Left on the other hand commented that “they were not congratulating or condemning the PM". They said that the PM had simply “done his job" and said, “better late than never" on the announcement. Regional party representatives asserted that all parties be included in the probe and steps be taken so that the impasse is broken and Parliament logjam does not continue.
Sources within the government had indicated earlier that the JPC probe was going to be "broad- based"in terms of the number of parties participating. Further details on who the JPC Chairman is going to be has not been revealed yet. The motion for the formation of the JPC will be moved in the Lok Sabha on Feb 24.


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