JD(U) on Friday said it is not averse to a Joint Parliamentary Committee looking into the decisions taken on 2G Spectrum since 1998 but pointed out that the government should first agree to a JPC probe.
"I want to make it clear that no one will object to extending the probe to include any issues since 1998 in the JPC. But the government must announce the JPC first," JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said when asked whether his party is ready to accept Congress demand to widen the JPC probe upto 1998, when the NDA was in power.
Parliament was adjourned for the last several days over the demand of opposition for a JPC into 2G Spectrum scam.
"Whosoever has done anything that should be scrutinised. Why any of our allies will object to it (extending the probe upto 1998)?" he asked.
JD(U) was part of the NDA government in 1998.
On the issue of Karanataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who is facing allegations regarding land scams, the JD (U) leader said, "I have discussed the matter with the BJP and they are deliberating on it seriously."
However, he said, "the issue should not be sidetracked. Yeddyurappa is a fresh case but the 2G is an old issue and it has been raised many times in Parliament."
"Here the issue is Prime Minister who would submit affidavit in court. But the government is not ready to place it before Parliament which is supreme in the country."
Asked about the opposition's role to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament, he defended its stand.
"There should be decency and decorum in the House. We have a role to play as we are representing the people. But when Rs 1.76 lakh crore is digested by one person then what you do. There are also issues like Adrash colony, CWG scam, all scams one after another...we know our responsibility well," he said.
When it was pointed out that lakhs of rupees are being wasted due to disruption in Parliament proceedings, he said, "The scam is higher than expenditure. We are regularly coming to Parliament and we want a JPC".