Supporting BJP’s decision to walkout of the JPC meeting on 2G scam,JD(U) on Tuesday said Congress members cannot deny the Opposition’s demand to conduct a debate on the list of witnesses in the case.
Talking to reporters,JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav also said boycotts and debates are part of Parliamentary process including JPC to ensure result-oriented functioning of these bodies.
Yashwant Sinha told me that he sought a discussion on the list of witnesses in the 2G case. But they (Congress members) refused to give time for this. How can they refuse the demand for a debate? If you don’t conduct debates how do you plan to get any result in the 2G case, Yadav said.
BJP members today walked out of the proceedings of a Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G scam,claiming that they were not allowed to raise the issue of finalising the list of witnesses.
On views that Opposition parties were not serious about functioning of JPC and thus stalling its proceedings through walkouts,Yadav said,Activities like debates and shouting are part of Parliamentary process. Closing down the House it also very much a part of this.
Terming JPC as a mini-Parliament,he said,JPC is a tool in our hand. It is a mini-Parliament. I have been in Parliament for last 40 years and both Congress and we have blocked its functioning several times to get results. Our decision may not be correct,but these are our options to put forward our views.
Asked when the JPC will be allowed to function properly,Yadav said,JPC and Parliament are the place where 120 crore people are being represented and these are the tools to ensure result-oriented proceedings there.
Yadav said Opposition will ensure that JPC gives a justified result.
They have not allowed debate and that is the reason we have boycotted the JPC. We did it last time also because of the same reason. We want to put all our force to ensure that JPC comes out with a result, he said.
The JD(U) chief was addressing a press conference before leading a delegation of traders to Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit a memorandum demanding rollback of government’s decision for hike in diesel prices and FDI in multi-brand retail.
It is a wrong notion that FDI in retail will benefit farmers. We have waited for 64 years but nothing happened which will benefit farmers. This FDI will give jobs only to people following tie-culture by making them sales boys and sales girls, Yadav said.
On Planning Commission’s Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s comment that frequent rollback in petroleum prices will hurt government’s credibility,he said,What is the ground for his statement? I have given a solution to end the subsidy on diesel used by car owners,hoteliers,cell phone tower operators and others.
He also said no government- right from that of Jawahar Lal Nehru till Atal Bihari Vajpayee- has taken such a decision on its own to increase the prices of petroleum products steeply.
This government takes decision only in favour of industrialists and their market. It has never thought about the plight of a common man, Yadav alleged.
He also praised the decision of all Opposition parties to come together and call a nation-wide strike on September 20 on the FDI issue.
Asked whether TMC chief Mamata Banerjee will be invited by his party or the NDA if she pulls her MPs from the government,he said,Mamata Banerjee is a person with credibility. She is the only reason FDI was not implemented last time. She has proven herself several times.
On whether he considers Rahul Gandhi as an international leader as commented by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,Yadav said,Why don’t you ask this question to Rahul Gandhi himself. Why ask me such questions.
He also said on September 20,he along with BJP chief Nitin Gadkari will participate in a nation-wide strike called by all Opposition parties against the government decision to hike diesel prices and retail in FDI.