BJP slams 'silent' PM
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Friday questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "complete silence" on the impasse over formation of a JPC to probe the 2G spectrum allocation and said he should not be seen losing his "will to rule". HT reports.delhi Updated: Dec 11, 2010 00:20 IST
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Friday questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "complete silence" on the impasse over formation of a JPC to probe the 2G spectrum allocation and said he should not be seen losing his "will to rule".
"It's not merely the PM going abroad at this juncture. Besides this entire impasse, there are two-three other factors visible after this stalemate. The most visible factors have been the complete absence and silence of the Prime Minister on the major stalemate and crisis this country is facing," he said.
Jaitley added the BJP was "seriously" examining the possibility of bringing a privilege motion against telecom minister Kapil Sibal for announcing a one-man probe at a press conference and not in Parliament when it was in session.
On Sibal's remark that the government could not be "educated" by the BJP on parliamentary privileges, Jaitley said, "apart from the attempt to cover up the scam, some ministers in this government think arrogance can solve the problem".
Jaitley said the one-man panel was not qualified to look into telecom policies when the 2G scam had a wider context, including lobbyists and a political party and one person enjoying the sole right of holding the telecom portfolio.
The government rubbished the breach of privilege charge. Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said "it was an administrative decision of a particular minister, who is entitled to take it. It is not a policy decision and it is only an executive decision".
NDA convener and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said the Opposition would take its "fight against corruption" and JPC demand to the streets. They will stage a rally here on December 22. The NDA wants other Opposition parties to join it on the lines of the July 5 Bharat Bandh against price rise.
Yadav dismissed the government's decision to appoint a one-man committee of retired Supreme Court justice Shivaraj V Patil to probe the 2G irregularities since 2001, a period including the NDA regime.
"It is useless," the JD(U) chief said.