Cong rules out no option to break stalemate over JPC

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New Delhi, Feb 3 (PTI) Ahead of the all party meetingto be held on February 8 to end the logjam over the issue,Congress today said no option was ruled out to break thestalemate in Parliament over a JPC probe into the 2G Spectrumscam.

"I cannot comment on the details of the contours ofthe solution. All I can say is that virtually everypossibility is open so long as the House, which isconstititionaly created for such a purpose is used fordiscussion," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi toldreporters here.

He was responding to a question on whether thegovernment is working on a quid pro quo formulae with theopposition to announce JPC after a discussion on the issue isheld in the House.

"I cannot go beyond this because those who are managingthe issue cannot be pre-empted in their judgement," he added.

Singhvi, at the same time, hoped that the Oppositionwould listen to the nation''s call and would not obstructbudget session on a "wrong and dishonest demand of JPC".

A senior party leader said while there was no doubtabout Congress getting through the discussion in Lok Sabha,where it has a majority, the party is definitely botheredabout the outcome of the discussions in Rajya Sabha and hencecould finally agree to a JPC. He said that the governmentcannot also offer to list 2G issue as the first item ofdiscussion during the session to mollify the Opposition.

The leader said that Left will have no problem inparticiapting in a discussion on the issue first.

"We will see how the issue fans out in February 8meeting," he said.

A section of the party believes that the resolution ofthe vexed issue may not come on February 8 and could requiremore such meetings between the government and the Oppositionahead of the session, which starts on February 21.

Singhvi refused to comment on the Supreme Courtquestioning CVC''s clearance given to P J Thomas in 2007-08 forbeing appointed as Secretary.

"It is not only illegal but also irresponsible toreact minute to minute on the facts of ongoing proceedingsin the Supreme Court. Congress is certainly not going to reactto it. Whatever the court decides will be given respect byall," he said.

Singhvi''s comments came as the government faced yetanother day of searching questions over the vigilance nodgiven to P J Thomas''s appointment as secretary with theSupreme Court holding that the CVC cannot be the finalauthority in giving clearance to an official facing acorruption case.

The Court also said it would lay down guidelines forfuture appointment to the post of Central VigilanceCommissioner.

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