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Left to get other parties on board to oppose report

A day after the contents of the draft JPC report on 2G spectrum allocation became known,the Left parties Friday made it clear that the report was unacceptable and began preliminary talks with other parties in the opposition to explore the possibility of evolving a common strategy.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2013 2:04:40 am

A day after the contents of the draft JPC report on 2G spectrum allocation became known,the Left parties Friday made it clear that the report was unacceptable and began preliminary talks with other parties in the opposition to explore the possibility of evolving a common strategy.

Apart from giving dissent notes,the Left is looking at the option of opposition members in the panel rejecting the report en masse and even preparing a parallel report. The issue came for discussion at a meeting of the Left leaders on Friday,sources said.

Left leaders said the government side no more enjoys majority in the panel after the DMK and Trinamool Congress pulled out of the UPA. They pointed out that the UPA along with the SP and BSP has only 14 members — excluding the Chairman — in the 30-member JPC. Left leaders,like the main opposition BJP,alleged the draft JPC report was a “cover-up” and a “politically-biased” one.

Although Left leaders discussed the possibility of drafting a parallel report,sources admit it would be difficult given the fact that the BJP would never agree to include in such a report the record of the NDA government on 2G spectrum allocation. “Nevertheless,we will make an effort in that direction,” a Left leader said.

Sources its leaders are in touch with other parties in the opposition. “Parliament will reconvene on Monday. There will be detailed deliberations before the JPC meeting Thursday,” a senior CPM leader said.

“The draft report is not acceptable. The chairman (P C Chacko) has acted more as a Congress man than as the chairman of a parliamentary panel. The report is a total cover-up and total violation of the parliamentary mandate,” Gurudas Dasgupta,senior CPI leader and the party’s nominee in the JPC,told The Indian Express.

He said the CPI will not accept the report in the present form. Asked to spell out the options before the opposition,he said,“From giving dissent notes to rejecting the report altogether and producing a parallel report no option can be ruled out.”

The Left also accused the ruling side of leaking out the draft report deliberately. The DMK has already made it clear that it will not accept the report since the JPC has not given an opportunity to former telecom minister A Raja to give his version.

The draft report has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram and laid the blame squarely on Raja. It has concluded that the PM was misled about the procedure decided to the followed by the Department of Telecom in respect of issuance of licences.

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