CPI(M) politburo member Sitaram Yechury has said the arrest of former telecom minister A Raja reinforces the need for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G spectrum allocation.
"Yes, we are saying the JPC is essential. The later developments, including the arrest of a former minister indicate that JPC is essential," the Rajya Sabha MP told reporters in Shillong on Saturday night when asked if the party would continue to press for a JPC probe.
He said the 2G spectrum scam would continue to be a major issue in the Parliament.
BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha, who was also present with him, said his party does not want any discussion on JPC.
"We want a JPC probe first. The needle of suspicion also points towards the main leaders," he said without naming any.
The two were here on a visit as part of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tourism, Transport and Culture.
The winter session of the Parliament was washed out after opposition parties paralysed proceedings demanding JPC probe into the spectrum allocation and the government rejecting it.
Opposition leaders, after an all-party meeting on February 8, had claimed there was a "consensus" on the JPC issue at the meeting and both the sides were keen that the Parliament should function.