Two days ahead of the meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to approve the draft report on the 2G spectrum allocation, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav refused to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, sending a fresh wave of tension in the UPA camp.
The draft report has already run into rough weather as it has given a clean chit to the Prime Minister as well as finance minister P Chidambaram. The SP’s stand is crucial for the smooth passage of the official draft as the UPA has just 12 members, including JPC chairman PC Chacko, in the 30-member probe panel.
The SP has one member, BSP has two, the opposition has 15 members.
Top sources told HT that parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath walked up to Yadav in Lok Sabha on Tuesday to convey that both PM and Gandhi wanted to meet him. Yadav replied, “I am talking to you but I don’t wish to meet other leaders.” After a few minutes, Yadav held a separate meeting with Kamal Nath.
Yadav, who is reportedly miffed with the Congress on several issues, including the continuance of Beni Prasad Verma in the UPA cabinet, has also contacted a few top opposition leaders in the past 48 hours to discuss the JPC standoff.
“He (Yadav) has even told us that ‘Congress need to be taught a lesson’. He praised former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said that he has already instructed SP member in JPC Shailendra Kumar not to sign the report,” said a key opposition leader.
Meanwhile, setting their target to drag the Prime Minister in the 2G specturm controversy, key opposition leaders held a meeting to oppose the draft report.
SP and BSP—the two outside supporters of UPA—were not invited for the first strategy meeting. But BJP, CPI, BJD and DMK huddled to evolve a strategy where both DMK and ADAM and Left Trinamool can join hands. To avoid political uneasiness of different parties, the strategy meeting was held at BJD’s parliamentary party office.
CPI also lends support to Raja
New Delhi: After Samajwadi Party said that former telecom minister A Raja should have been called to depose before the JPC, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Tuesday said Raja is not “incorrect” to say that PM Manmohan Singh was aware of all developments related to the 2G auction. Dasgupta claimed the PM ignored notes by then cabinet secretary, officials of his office (PMO) and even a cabinet minister. HTC