Amid indications that the Centre might announce a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) into the 2G-spectrum scam to break Parliament deadlock, the Congress has raised a question mark over the opposition’s ‘intent’ to allow the House to function even after its demand is conceded.
Party managers say the opposition, particularly the BJP, has been “frequently shifting the goalposts” on the JPC issue. They cite senior BJP leader LK Advani’s statement in Kolkata, in which he demanded widening the ambit of the JPC to include the Commonwealth Games and Adarsh housing scams as well.
“Is there any guarantee that the opposition will allow Parliament to function even after a JPC is announced? By raising the pitch, their entire intent to allow Parliament to function becomes suspect,” a senior Congress functionary said.
But that’s does not seem to be the only worry for the Congress.
The party is wary of some regional players allowing the House to function due to their domestic compulsions.
“Even if we presume the BJP and Left will not create any disturbance, what about parties like AIADMK?” the leader said.
Five states— Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, and Puducherry — are going to elections in May-June this year. The AIADMK in Tamil Nadu will try to nail the DMK on corruption, which is going to be one of the major poll issues.
To score political points over its rivals, the Congress apprehends that the AIADMK might stall the House. “Former telecom minister A Raja’s arrest is not going to satisfy them. They would like to see the DMK subjected to more embarrassments,” the leader said.
A section in the party also believes the campaign over 2G is being stoked by corporate rivalry. “It’s a corporate war and is unlikely to end with the JPC. The bigger game is to get the licenses granted to telecom companies revoked,” a senior leader said.