Mulayam wants Raja to depose before JPC,upset with Cong

Having forced Sonia Gandhi to apologise on behalf of his bete noire Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma,SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is likely bargain with the Congress on his party’s support to the JPC report on 2G spectrum allocation.

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 12:56:20 am

Having forced Sonia Gandhi to apologise on behalf of his bete noire Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma,SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is likely bargain with the Congress on his party’s support to the JPC report on 2G spectrum allocation.

SP sources on Monday confided that Mulayam has serious objections to former telecom minister A Raja not being allowed to depose before the JPC.

“Netaji (Mulayam) feels that Raja should have been allowed to present his case before the JPC. His argument is that the accused should have the right to be heard. This is natural justice that is applied to every court in the country. He also feels that the Congress’s worry against his deposition was without merit because Raja’s deposition would have been scrutinised against evidence before arriving at any conclusion,” confided a party MP aware of Mulayam’s opinion expressed during an informal meeting of party MPs on Monday.

A party leader claimed that the SP may not endorse the report. “Not supporting the report is an option that is very much on our table,” confided a party leader.

The SP has one member in the JPC and its support is crucial for the government to thwart the BJP and Left’s attempt to reject the report.

Party sources,however,claimed that a formal decision on whether to endorse the draft JPC report will be taken at parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday.

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