The stage is set for a Government-Opposition face-off, with the BJP demanding a joint parliamentary probe into the Adarsh housing scam, the Commonwealth Games and the 2G spectrum issue and the government conveying its stiff opposition to it.
Both Houses were stalled over the issue on Wednesday; proceedings are likely to be derailed on Thursday too.
“We are for a comprehensive inquiry by the JPC into all the three scams…Until there is a JPC, we will continue to raise the issue in Parliament and oppose the government,” BJP’s Venkaiah Naidu said.
The BJP will stay in touch with its NDA partners and some other Opposition parties to increase the pressure on the government. Sushma Swaraj has talked to M Thambidurai of AIADMK and Basudev Acharya of the CPM for joint Opposition pressure on the government.
But leader of the House in Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee ruled out a JPC. He said the housing scam was state-related and had nothing to do with the Centre; that there have been probes into the 2G spectrum issue, and that constitutional provisions would be followed on the CAG report. Various agencies were also looking into the Games controversy, he added.
Hardening its stand on corruption, the BJP suggested on Wednesday that if ruling party MPs interrupted Opposition leaders asking for a JPC probe, the functioning of the House would become difficult.
BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi rejected the idea of a CBI enquiry, saying the government “misused” the agency. The party has given a notice under Rule 184 in the Lok Sabha and Rule 167 in the Rajya Sabha for a discussion and vote on the need for a JPC probe.
The party reached this standpoint in its Parliamentary party meet on Wednesday morning. In the evening, the party’s core group discussed how to make corruption a major issue inside and outside Parliament.
“We found on Tuesday that when Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of corruption in the House, the Congress top brass was prompting its MPs to interrupt,” said a BJP leader.
“If the government doesn’t want Parliament to function, it’s their choice.”
The party rubbished reports — cited by Congress spokesman Manish Tewari —that BJP chief Nitin Gadkari had used his influence to get a flat in Adarsh Society.
Ahluwalia told the media about Gadkari’s announcement that he would file a defamation suit if an apology was not forthcoming.