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Govt shouldn't think opposition not ready for poll: Rajnath

PTI  Kozhikode, January 29, 2011
First Published: 21:11 IST(29/1/2011) | Last Updated: 21:13 IST(29/1/2011)

BJP on Saturday said UPA government should not to nurture the "mistaken" belief that opposition is not ready for a mid-term poll and hence would give up its demand for a JPC probe into 2G Spectrum allocation ahead of budget session of Parliament to avoid such a situation.

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"The government seems to be mistaken that opposition parties are not ready for elections. BJP is ready to face the mid-term polls if the situation arises," former party president Rajnath Singh said in Kozhikode.

He made the remarks with reference to the opposition demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into 2-G Spectrum allocation scam and maintained that the opposition would stick to its demand.

"The government continues to run the risk of putting the forthcoming budget session in jeopardy. It is the government’s responsibility to ensure Parliament's smooth functioning. Therefore, it should institute a JPC inquiry into the 2G spectrum allocation before the commencement of budget session of Parliament," Singh said.

Senior leader L K Advani had said at BJP's Guwahati National Executive recently that the government was merely creating the fear of a mid-term poll to keep its allies together as MPs would not like to face general elections just more than one year into their new term.

Advani had also indicated that no mid-term polls were on the anvil.

There are apprehensions that the budget session, like the winter session, of Parliament would be washed out due to stalemate on the issue of a JPC probe.

Leader of the House in Lok Sabha Pranab Mukherjee has called an all-party meeting on February 8 to discuss the issue and find a way out of the logjam.

Earlier attempts at ending the deadlock had failed to produce any positive outcome.


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