The government-opposition standoff in Parliament seems to have deepened, amid indications of further turmoil when the two Houses reassemble on Thursday.
The Congress rushed in defence of the Prime Minister on Wednesday as the Opposition plans to target Manmohan Singh and intensify its stir for a joint parliamentary probe (JPC) into the 2G spectrum scam, drawing strength from the Supreme Court wanting to know why the PM did not decide on the plea to sanction prosecution of A Raja.
The CPM demanded an explanation from the PM in Parliament. Reiterating the demand for a JPC, AIADMK’s V Maitreyan warned that Parliament would not function if Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee — who said he would talk to the PM about their demand — did not do so.
To counter the Opposition, UPA members would raise the allegations of a land scam against BJP leader and Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and contrast it with the Congress’s swift action against Ashok Chavan in Maharashtra over the Adarsh housing society controversy. Congress leaders also warned that the BJP’s insistence on a deeper probe into the telecom issue could throw up the name of an important BJP leader’s son-in-law.
Mukherjee had reportedly told Advani before Tuesday’s meet that if the Opposition called for JPC probes, it should also be prepared for such a probe on issues like the illegal mining and land scandal in Karnataka. Party leaders say the government will give an “appropriate response’’ to SC observations in the apex court on Thursday and in Parliament.
HT has learnt that after the SC proceedings on Tuesday, Solicitor General Gopal Subramaium met the PM at 7 Race Course Road. Subramanium is understood to have discussed the case that is to come up for hearing again on Thursday.
Sources said the Opposition, which is demanding a JPC into the telecom, CWG and Adarsh, will be satisfied with one on the 2G spectrum. However, there are unconfirmed reports that the government may at best consider a judicial probe.
(With inputs from Satya Prakash)