'Peacebroker' Meira Kumar to meet leaders on JPC standoff
In a bid to end the government-opposition standoff over the demand for JPC into 2G spectrum issue, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is expected to make another effort this week to bring the warring sides to the dialogue table.delhi Updated: Dec 27, 2010 19:40 IST
In a bid to end the government-opposition standoff over the demand for JPC into 2G spectrum issue, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is expected to make another effort this week to bring the warring sides to the dialogue table.
"The Speaker will call a meeting of important leaders this week to discuss on how to break the deadlock. She is keen to have a meeting," Parliament sources said, adding that the meeting could take place before New Year.
The "informal" meeting could provide an opportunity to both parties who have taken a "hard stance" on the issue and the Speaker could play the role of facilitator to break the ice, they said.
Kumar had recently made a fresh appeal to political parties to find a solution to the impasse over the Opposition demand for JPC on the 2G spectrum issue which washed off the entire winter session of Parliament.
"Dialogue is the only way to get a solution," she had recently, adding "this has commenced and I hope a positive result will come soon...."
While the Opposition stalled Parliament during the winter session over its demand for a JPC, the ruling UPA has also remained adamant on not going for a JPC.
"The present situation is in everybody's mind. Democracy means to bring about a mid-path and solve problems," Kumar had said while expressing hope that the imbroglio would be resolved soon.
The Speaker had earlier held a meeting with leaders to end the impasse but it proved futile.
The BJP and other opposition parties insist that Public Accounts Committee does not have the powers to fully investigate the 2G spectrum scam and a JPC should be constituted.
Two all-party meetings had been called by the government to end the impasse but failed to end the deadlock.
First Published: Dec 27, 2010 19:30 IST