Govt may agree for JPC probe in 2G scam, says Cong leader

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New Delhi, Jan 13 (PTI) The Government could agree for aJPC into the 2G spectrum allocation issue in order to "save"the Budget session of Parliament.

An indication to this effect was given by a seniorCongress leader who declined to be identified.

"Still there is lot of time for the Budget session, butif it becomes clear that it could also be washed out like thewinter session, setting up of a JPC could be agreed to," hesaid.

The statement was significant against the backdrop of thegrowing concern in the party over the escalating confrontationbetween Government and Opposition on the issue.

With no signs of resolution to the deadlock that washedout the entire winter session last month, ruling party leadersare hoping that a way is found quick and fast on the issue ofJoint Parliamentary Committee into 2G scam.

"The message that the world''''s largest democracy is havinga non-functioning Parliament will not be good for us," was thereaction of another party leader.

The Budget session is a three-month affair which generallystarts in the third week of February and ends in May. It has athree-week recess in between to help the ParliamentaryStanding Committees to go into the demands for grants ofvarious ministries.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is likely to make a freshendeavour ahead of the Budget Session to break the Parliamentdeadlock on the 2G issue by calling leaders of politicalparties, who could not join her a fortnight back to discussthe issue.

Concern in the Congress comes in the wake of thejust-concluded BJP National Executive at Guwahati which gavean unmistakable signal that the confrontation appears set toworsen ahead of Budget Session.

Last month, Government''s offer of a special session ofParliament to discuss the need for a JPC to probe the spectrumscandal had not found favour with the opposition which hasbeen firm on the JPC demand.

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