The stand-off between the government and the opposition over the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum and other scams continued on Thursday, with the opposition rejecting finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's offer for a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue.
Mukherjee reacted angrily asking the opposition to apologise for "destroying" the institution of Parliament.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said in Jammu, where a two-day meet of BJP office bearers is on: "We don't want a debate on JPC. We want JPC."
BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad also took the same line.
The Left found nothing new in Mukherjee's offer. "I think JPC is very reasonable demand. The Opposition is not demanding anything that should not be demanded," said CPI leader D Raja, adding that Mukherjee had made the same offer earlier too. "The parliamentary rules and procedures allow such a mechanism. If the PM is willing to appear before PAC, then what is the problem in JPC?"
Brinda Karat of the CPM said that Mukherjee should have talked to opposition parties if he had any new thing to say.
Mukherjee reacted to the opposition statements saying, "In the entire winter session, they (Opposition) did not allow any opportunity for any discussion on any issue... They have created deadlock in Parliament. They have destroyed the institution. They should apologise to the nation."
Meanwhile, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, headed by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, invited views and opinions on the 2 G spectrum scam and will also call people for depositions on Monday.
This clearly has not pleased a section of the Opposition members in the PAC.
One member told HT, "This has already headed for a clash with the opposition's stated position that nothing short of a JPC will suffice."