Congress beating BJP with JPC stick in Parliament

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Yashwant Sinha
New Delhi, Mar 1: While the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) is looming large over the Centre and the political parties wanting to be part of the JPC, today will see the Rajya Sabha submitting a list of Congress MPs who will be in the committee that is probing the spectrum scam.

While the JPC will train its guns not only on UPAs telecom policies but will also probe into earlier NDA policies as well. Sources meanwhile have revealed that the Congress will object to the presence of seniors BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Jaswant Singh in the committee citing conflict of interest. The reason being that both BJP leaders were also ex-finance ministers who were among those formulating NDAs telecom policy. They being part of the 2001 GoM will make them free of any sort of interrogation.

The JPC committee will look into the telecom policies in practice since 1998.

Other Congress leaders who have voluntarily opted out of the committee are Congress"s Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Singhvi, PJ Kurien and Pravin Rashtrapal. The representatives from other parties include SC Mishra (BSP), Sitaram Yechury (CPM) and Dr YP Trivedi (NCP).

The strong BJP presence will include SS Ahluwalia and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The JPC will constitute 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 members from the Rajya Sabha. The motion for the JPC is likely to come up in the Rajya Sabha today (Mar 1).

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