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HT Correspondent HT correspondent, Hindustan Times
Kolkata, February 15, 2011
In a fresh bid to corner the Congress-led UPA, the BJP on Tuesday demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into not only the 2G spectrum scam, but also the Adarsh Housing Scam in Maharashtra and irregularities in the Commonwealth Games. The demand, voiced by L K Advani at a rally in the heart of the city, was a clear move to raise a storm in Parliament during the upcoming Budget session.
“They want the probe to be limited to 2G spectrum allocation only, so that only the DMK faces trouble. We want all the recent scams to be probed by JPC. We want at least the Adarsh Housing Scam and the Commonwealth Games Scam to be probed. Or else the Opposition will not be satisfied,” said Adavani.
Referring to the all-party meeting held recently, Advani said, “A few days ago a meeting took place, where Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee was present. The essence we got is that the government is ready for a JPC on 2G scam. But why only that?”

Advani also lambasted the UPA government for tapping phones of politicians. He stated that without permission from the Union home ministry phones of politicians cannot be tapped.

“I have been Home minister of this country. The permission from Union home secretary is necessary for tapping phones of politicians. Otherwise, the government can tap the phones of only wanted criminals and terrorists,” he said.
Advani targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh calling him “weak and a subject of pity.”

“I have seen all the Prime Ministers right from Jawaharlal Nehru. But I have never seen such a weak Prime Minister as Manmohan Singh. Mujhe daya aati hain unpe, krodh nahin  (I have pity for him, not anger),” said Advani.
“People tell me Manmohan Singh is a good man. A good man and a weak Prime Minister cannot stop corruption.”       

Advani hailed the prospective change in regime in Bengal, stating that Maoists are born out of Marxist ideology. “When I come again in Bengal in May, I want to see that the government has changed.”

The top BJP leadership met in Kolkata on Tuesday to finalize strategy for the coming Assembly polls at a meeting of the officer bearers. At a rally held near Sahid Minar held in the afternoon the leadership also ended the Nav Jagran Yatra in Bengal which was formally flagged off by former BJP president Rajnath Singh at Cooch Behar on January 30.

In the morning BJP president Nitin Gadkari chaired the national office bearers’ meeting which was attended by L K Advani , Rajnath Singh , Karnataka chief minister B S Yedyurappa, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh and Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda among others.

The party announced that it will contest all the 294 seats in the Assembly polls.
Given the BJP’s marginal presence in Kolkata and districts, barring a few pockets in districts like Nadia, Hooghly and Cooch Behar, it is almost certain that the party will act as spoilsport for the Marxists as well as Trinamool Congress.

“We will put up candidates in all seats in the Bengal assembly elections”, Jaitley, Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha said after the meeting of the office bearers at a city hotel.