Hours ahead of the all-party meeting to resolve the JPC issue, NDA convenor Sharad Yadav on Sunday dropped enough hints that the Opposition would not be rigid on its demand for including CWG and Adarsh scams into the ambit of the parliamentary committee to probe the 2G scam.
Yadav also appeared open to the idea of fixing a time frame for JPC in sync with the government's view that tenure of such a panel should not be "open ended".
A sources in the government had earlier told PTI, "We definitely do not want JPC tenure to be open ended. We would not like the JPC probe into the issue to go and on till the next Lok Sabha elections and malign the government by selective leaks. Also, we are clear that such a probe should only be covering the 2G issue."
Asked by reporters whether the Opposition is agreeable not to insist on a JPC to probe all the three issues and whether it would accept a fixed tenure for JPC, Yadav said, "We are open to discuss all these things."
When pressed further on the issue, Yadav said, "It is upon the government to decide the tenure of JPC," a further indication of the Opposition softening its stand on the issue ahead of the all party meeting.
Maintaining that though the Opposition wanted the JPC to probe all three issues of 2G spectrum, Adarsh Housing Society scam and CWG mess, he said "we are open to discuss it."
The JD-U chief has similar views about the isssue of the membership of JPC. "We are not rigid on it. Members could be 20 30," he said, expressing confidence that a JPC could be announced on February 22, a day after the budget session begins.
BJP has already agreed to give the government a day's time to announce JPC after the budget session begins on Monday.