''I am not afraid of appearing before JPC'' : PM

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New Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) Indicating that Government isnot averse to a Joint Parliament Committee probe on the 2Gscam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said that he is notafraid of appearing before the panel.

He also dismissed impression that he was blockingagreement on the issue between the government and theopposition as he did not want to appear before a JPC.

"I am not afraid to appear before it. I am not afraidof appearing before any committee... I am not afraid ofappearing before any Parliamentary Commmitee including JPC," "Singh told editors of the electronic media here.

Asked about impressions that he was blocking theconstitution of a JPC probe because he did not want to appearbefore it, Singh said, "I have always said that as PrimeMinister, my conduct must be like Ceasar''s wife abovesuspicion and I am quite prepared to appear before anycommittee that may go into this."

"This is entirely wrong impression that I was the onewho was blocking the agreement about JPC beacuse I did notwant to appear before it."

The remarks come a week after the all party meetingchaired by UPA''s trouble shooter Pranab Mukherjee on February8 in which broad indications emerged on the possibility offormation of a JPC to look into the 2G spectrum allocationscam.

The winter session of Parliament was a completewashout with the opposition insisting on a JPC and thegovernment unwilling to relent.

The Prime Minister also referred to his earlierremarks made during the Congress Plenary in December last yearin which he had offered to appear before the PAC if required.

"The PAC is the giant committee presided over by avery senior leader of the opposition and I have publiclydeclared my willingness to appear before it," Singh said.

Singh expressed confidence that the next session willbe "orderly" and the government will also be able to putbefore Parliament important legislations apart from thebudget.

"We are making honest efforts to ensure that," he saidadding "talks are going on with opposition parties".

Noting that he has "not been able to understand"reasons for which Parliament was not allowed to function inthe winter session, he said that it should be allowed totransact its business despite differences between thegovernment and the opposition.

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