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Govt, Oppn closer to pact on JPC

The government looks set to give in to the opposition demand to form a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam to end the stand-off in Parliament ahead of the budget session.

delhi Updated: Feb 17, 2011 01:17 IST
Saroj Nagi & Shekhar Iyer

The government looks set to give in to the opposition demand to form a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to probe the 2G spectrum scam to end the stand-off in Parliament ahead of the budget session.

Though there was no formal word, a JPC is expected to be announced in Parliament on February 22 after the government has conferred with other parties and worked out the terms of reference.

The development came within hours of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh telling television editors on Wednesday: “I’m not afraid of appearing before any parliamentary committee, including the JPC…”

But when asked specifically whether a JPC was in the offing, the PM said all efforts were being made to resolve the deadlock, which saw the entire winter session going waste.

Shortly after the PM's remarks, Leader of the Lok Sabha, Pranab Mukherjee, along with union ministers AK Antony, P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad and PK Bansal, met BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley to end the impasse on the issue.

Swaraj said, "If a JPC is announced… Parliament will function".