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Mixed signals from SP,BSP

The SP shielded the Prime Minister from the Supreme Court’s ire over the delayed response to Subramanian Swamy’s plea.

The SP on Thursday shielded the Prime Minister from the Supreme Court’s ire over the delayed response to Subramanian Swamy’s plea seeking sanction to prosecute A Raja. Till now,the party had been trooping into the well of the Lok Sabha demanding a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

“Prime Minister is only answerable to Lok Sabha and nobody else. The court can summon the Cabinet Secretary or PMO officials to seek an explanation. Prime Minister is not duty-bound to respond to the SC notice,” SP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Mohan Singh said. “The stability of the Prime Minister is important for democracy.”

The party tried to differentiate between the PM and the Congress,by training its guns on the ruling party over the spectrum allocation. “Congress is to be blamed for the entire 2G spectrum allocation issue. PM was forced by the Congress party to induct A Raja into the Cabinet on the pretext of coalition compulsions,” he said. Mohan Singh said the SP,however,remained critical of Singh’s “administrative capability” .

The BSP,on its part,has kept its cards close to the chest with most of its MPs tight-lipped on the party’s position on a JPC probe. “We have been directed not to troop into the well. There is no point when there is such a huge number of MPs already in the well. We do not want to be seen on the wrong side,” said a BSP MP. “We (BSP) will participate in the JPC,if the government agrees to constitute it,” said another MP while maintaining silence on whether the party wanted a JPC or not.