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BSY in spotlight,Cong puts off decision on JPC

UPA leadership has decided to wait and watch before taking a call on the Opposition’s demand for setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe 2G spectrum scam.

With a storm gathering in the Opposition camp over the alleged land scam involving Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa,the UPA leadership has decided to wait and watch before taking a call on the Opposition’s demand for setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe 2G spectrum scam.

The Congress Core Group comprising the top brass met at the Prime Minister’s residence on Thursday to deliberate over Opposition-created standoff in Parliament over the setting up of JPC. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal who has been given the additional charge of Telecom Ministry was also invited.

The Core Group was understood to have decided to wait for now and watch the developments in the Opposition camp,whose campaign on corruption appeared to fly in its face as it was now under pressure to act against its Chief Minister in Karnataka. After giving in to the Opposition’s demand to axe Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan,Union Telecom Minister A Raja and Congress Parliamentary Party Secretary Suresh Kalmadi,the ruling dispensation was not inclined to let the Opposition dictate terms any further.

The ruling party’s strategists were of the opinion that they can brazen it out in Parliament but the Opposition could no longer sustain its campaign on the issue of corruption with scams surfacing in its own backyard. “If the BJP matches its words with action and sacks Yeddyurappa,we will see,” said a Congress leader.

The ruling party leaders also said that the Opposition camp would soon be disunited with the Left already seeming to be relenting on its demand for JPC and expressing readiness to accept any “alternative mechanism” to probe into 2G spectrum scam. The Left has suggested that if a JPC is set up,its terms of reference should also include a probe into the role of Raja’s predecessors in the NDA regime. Even within the BJP,there was no unanimity as senior party leader and former telecom minister Arun Shourie has already gone public expressing reservation about the effectiveness of a JPC and suggesting that the Supreme Court should monitor the investigations.